Stubble burns cause headaches for fire brigades

OUT-of-control stubble burns have kept Wimmera fire brigades busy.

CFA District 17 operations officer Richard Bourke said during the past few weeks several stubble fires had burnt out of control in the region.

"We haven't had a lot, but there has been enough to keep brigades turning out regularly," Mr Bourke said.

"The problems are due to a number of factors, mainly miscalculating weather conditions ? wind is the most likely cause of a crop fire getting out of control.

"There has been a bit of damage from the fires, but for us the main farm related fires were still during the harvest period."

CFA state duty officer Doug Broom said brigades were called to more than 20 out-of-control burn-offs on Friday across the state.

"People should never leave a burn-off unattended and they need to check weather conditions before burning off.

"You should never burn off in hot, dry, windy conditions or if these conditions are forecast within the time your burn-off is expected to take," Mr Broom said.

"To avoid brigades being called out unnecessarily by a neighbour or passer-by, tell your neighbours when you plan to burn off and register the burn with the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 668 511.

"People should also leave a three metre fire break, free of flammable materials around any burn off."

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