Fire preparedness

Schedule 13 permits

Schedule 13 permit may be issued to burn fine fuel (such as grass, stubble, weeds) and only where there is an essential need to burn during the Fire Danger Period. Please allow five working days for the permit to be processed. These permits are usually issued around March/April, however the exact period will be determined by the CFA.

Permits to burn

Rural Living and Farming Zones

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 in these zones is exempt from permit requirements. 

Other Zones

Open Air Permits to Burn (under Council’s General Local Law 2012) are required to burn materials on land not zoned as rural living or farming outside the declared Fire Danger Period. More information on this application process can be found on Council's Community Safety page. Burning in these zones is not permitted during the Fire Danger Period.

The 2019-20 Fire Danger Period in Northern Grampians Shire commenced on Monday 18 November 2019.

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

Municipal Fire Management Plan

The Northern Grampians Shire Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee has prepared a Municipal Fire Management Plan (MFMP) pursuant to section 55A of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958. The MFMP contains plans and input from council, the Country Fire Authority (CFA), the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria (PV), Victoria Police, and other key stakeholders. The MFMP is a sub-plan of the Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP).

The current NGS MFMP is accessible by selecting the link below.

Municipal-Fire-Management-Plan-2019-22.pdf(PDF, 7MB)

Other fire related information

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