Fire Restrictions and Amnesties

Council Fire Restrictions

From 15 October each year until the start of the Fire Danger Period (as declared by the CFA), Council enacts local fire restrictions. 

These Council fire restrictions require everyone outside townships to have a permit to conduct a burn that is bigger than one metre wide or high.  Permits are not required for the burning of stubble grass, bracken or vegetation under 75mm (3 inches). 

The following conditions apply if a successful permit is granted;

  1. An adult must be in attendance while the fire is alight.
  2. Such fires are lit between 3pm and 11pm any day until the start of the CFA Fire Danger Period.  All fires must be extinguished by 11pm of the same day the fire is lit.
  3. Adequate means must be available at all times for extinguishing the fire.
  4. The person who lights the fire, or allows a fire to remain alight, must extinguish the fire upon being directed to do so by an authorised officer, member of the Victorian Police, or an authorised officer of DELWP or the CFA.

These local restrictions are endorsed by the Murrindindi Shire Council and Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee.  They are designed to place some controls on burns in this period and have also been designed to reduce the number of unnecessary call outs for local fire brigades.   

Permits for these burns are available by clicking here(DOCX, 99KB).

Council Fire Amnesty Periods

There are currently two fire amnesties that take place in Murrindindi Shire each year. 

The first of these is the pre-summer amnesty period which coincides with Council's Fire Restrictions.  From 1 - 15 October each year, a local fire amnesty is introduced.  In this amnesty, properties within town limits are allowed to have small fires (one metre wide/high) and burn vegetative matter up to 75mm in diameter. 

Properties outside town limits have no burning restrictions from the end of the Fire Danger Period until the start of the Council Fire Restriction period on 15 October each year.

This amnesty coincides with a free green waste option where Shire residents can deposit free green waste (sticks, leaves, logs, branches, etc) at all of our Resource Recovery Centres in the municipality free of charge.

The second fire amnesty period takes place at the end of CFA’s declared Fire Danger Period.  This can vary in timing considerably, so it is always best to check both the Council website and CFA Website ( for updates. Another free green waste service will be available for at least two weeks during this amnesty period.

Post Season Fire Amnesty 2018

In 2018, the post season fire amnesty will occur between Saturday 5 May and Monday 21 May. The declared Fire Danger Period ends on Tuesday 1 May 2018.  During the amnesty, properties within town limits are once again allowed to have small fires (one metre wide/high) and burn items up to 75mm in diameter. 

There will also be free green waste disposal available at any Council Resource Recovery Centre during the same period.

Once the Fire Danger period ends, there are no restrictions to burning for those outside town limits.