The Country Fire Authority has brought forward the end of the Fire Danger Period for sections of the West Wimmera and Horsham Rural City council areas, and all of both the Hindmarsh and Yarriambiack areas.

The Fire Danger Period will now end at 1.00am Monday 29th March 2021 in the following areas, earlier than the originally scheduled 1st May 2021:
  • West Wimmera Shire Council (northern part)
  • Horsham Rural City Council (northern part)
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Yarriambiack Shire Council
According to the latest Australian Seasonal Outlook, above average summer rainfall has led to a reduced bushfire risk for autumn. These conditions have led to a reduced fire activity in both grasslands and forests this season.

Much of Victoria will continue to experience milder conditions and lower bushfire potential over the coming months.

CFA District 17 Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) Steve emphasised that while the FDP is coming to an end in some areas, it is still important to remain vigilant.

“We’re urging everyone to stay safe, whether you’re living in or travelling to high bushfire risk areas,” he said.

“Please monitor the conditions on hot, dry and windy days, as we may still see some days of elevated fire risk.”

While the Fire Danger Period will come to an end, it is still important that residents check the local conditions are safe for any burn-off they were considering undertaking.

“You must register your burn-offs, check weather conditions and follow local council laws and regulations,” ACFO Pitcher said.

“Registering your burn-off ensures that if somebody reports smoke, the incident will be cross-checked with the burn-off register, which will then prevent CFA crews wasting resources and showing up at your door.”

Landowners can now register their burn-off online at

Alternatively, you can register with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) by calling 1800 668 511 or emailing

“When conducting burn-offs, remain alert and always have resources on hand to extinguish the fire.”