Fire Preparedness

Municipal Fire Management Plan

The Northern Grampians Shire Council has prepared a Municipal Fire Management Plan (MFMP) pursuant to section 55A of the CFA Act 1958. The Northern Grampians Shire MFMP is an integrated document, combining plans and input from the Municipality, the Country Fire Authority (CFA), the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria (PV), Victoria Police, and other key stakeholders. It is consistent with the Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) to ensure that all agencies have a uniform approach to fire Preparedness, Prevention, Response, and Recovery. The plan also contains appropriate reference to other uses of fire, including agriculture, ecological, and cultural applications.

Council's current MFMP is accessible by selecting the link below.

Municipal Fire Management Plan 2016-2019 Version 1.0(PDF, 12MB)


Permits to burn

Schedule 13 permits are required to burn grass and stubble for farming purposes in rural living and farming zones during the declared Fire Danger Period. Outside the declared Fire Danger Period, land zoned as rural or farmland is exempt from permit requirements. 

Any person wishing to burn materials on land not zoned as rural living or farming outside the declared Fire Danger Period must obtain an Open Air Permit to Burn under Council’s General Local Law 2012. More information on this application process can be found on Council's Local Laws page.

More information on fire restrictions can be found on the Country Fire Authority's website

The CFA has declared the Fire Danger Period in the Northern Grampians Shire for 20 November 2017 - 1 May 2018.

Other Fire Related Information

Halls Gap Fire Risk Management Project 2003(PDF, 359KB)

CFA's 'Can I, Can't I?' brochure