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Campfire costs Maryborough man $250

A 40 year-old Maryborough man was fined $250 and placed on a six month good behaviour bond on Friday (23 August) at the Castlemaine Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to three offences relating to a campfire. No conviction was recorded.

The man was charged under the CFA Act 1958 with allowing a fire to remain alight on a day of Total Fire Ban.  He was charged under the Forest Act 1976 with leaving a campfire unattended and failing to clear around a campfire for three metres.

Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) Forester in Charge Paul Bates said the man was camping at Hamilton’s Crossing on the Loddon River near Baringhup in January this year.

“The campfire was lit the night before and hadn’t been totally extinguished on the day of Total Fire Ban,” Mr Bates said.

“People must be aware of the regulations because even a smouldering campfire has the potential to escape and become a bushfire on a day of Total Fire Ban with high temperatures and winds.”

The key things to remember when having a campfire are:

  • Check restrictions for the area – campfires are not allowed in some areas of public land and are prohibited on Total Fire Ban days.
  • Always use a purpose built fireplace where provided.
  • If there are no restrictions on campfires and in the absence of a fireplace, campfires should be lit in a 30 centimetre trench, with an area of three metre radius cleared of vegetation and other flammable materials.
  • Take care on dry, windy days – if the wind is strong enough to carry sparks, don’t light a campfire.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended.
  • Keep your campfire just big enough for cooking and keeping warm.
  • Put your fire out properly using water, not soil, even if you are going for a short walk or a swim.
  • If your campfire is cool to touch, it is safe to leave.

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