Bushfire Arson Awareness Campaign

Reckless fires cost lives – and one ember is all it takes.

Whether lit deliberately or recklessly, starting a bushfire or grassfire is a crime.

What are reckless fires?

Whether recklessly or deliberately lit, bush and grass fires have disastrous consequences. It is a criminal offence under Victorian law to cause a bushfire recklessly, or to be reckless as to the spread of a fire to vegetation or property belonging to another.

Examples of reckless behaviour can include:

· Disobeying fire safety restrictions across the Fire Safety Period or on days of Total Fire Ban

· Leaving campfires unattended

· Burning off without a permit, or not following the conditions on the permit

· Using hot tools that emit a flame or sparks, such as angle grinders or welders.

Be mindful of your activities throughout the fire season- if you cause a bushfire, either recklessly or deliberately, and you could be facing up to 15 years in jail.

Crime Stoppers needs your help to keep our community safe from recklessly and deliberately lit bushfires.

If you see behaviour that could lead to a bushfire, it’s up to you to report it and keep our community safe. Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or report online.

In an emergency, or if you see smoke or flames, call 000 immediately.

For more information on what you can and can’t do during the declared Fire Danger Period and on days of Total Fire Ban, visit the CFA website.

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