CFA officials have stated old burn-offs are going to be one of the biggest threats, with property owners being urged to patrol burnt off land from the past 2 weeks.
CFA guidelines report things that are banned or should be avoided on Total Fire Ban days are as follows;
- All camp fires, fires for warmth or personal comfort are BANNED.
- Solid and liquid fuel barbeques and ovens are BANNED (including hangis and spit rotisseries) - UNLESS the barbecue uses only gas or electricity and is a permanently fixed structure built of stone, metal, concrete or another non-flammable material designed exclusively for meal preparation, or is designed and commercially manufactured exclusively for meal preparation (including portable barbecues), and when alight is placed in a stable position.
- Vehicles cannot be driven through crops, grass, stubbles, weeds, undergrowth and other vegetation - UNLESS fitted with an efficient silencing device (e.g. muffler) which takes all the exhaust from the engine through the device.
- Use of self-propelled farm machinery, tractors, slashers, earthmoving, excavating or road making machines propelled by a heat engine within 9 metres of crops, grass, stubbles, weeds, undergrowth and other vegetation should be AVOIDED.
- Welding, grinding, charring, soldering, gas cutting, rail maintenance, heating bitumen, relocating bees using a smoker and extracting honey using heat or flame is all BANNED.
- Use of chainsaws, trimmers and lawn mowers should all be AVOIDED.
- Using an incinerator is BANNED.
- Using a gas scare gun is BANNED.