Fire restrictions are now in force.
The Fire Danger Period is now in force for the Campaspe region.
The CFA said with low winter rainfall and predictions of a drier and warmer than average Spring, the fire potential is increased.
District 20 Commander Mick Lavery said the coming weeks have a high risk of fire.
"The moisture levels are still reasonably moderate in the fuel," he said.
"Over the next couple of weeks when things really dry out, there is a lot of fuel around and it will burn readily."
During the Fire Danger Period fires cannot be lit in the open air without a written permit from CFA or a Municipal Fire Prevention Officer.
Permits are based on local conditions and take into account are fuel moisture, fuel loads, grassland curing, weather and rainfall.
Burn-offs are no longer allowed without a permit, but campers are still allowed small fires if they comply with the following restrictions:
- The fire is less than 1m squared in size
- Winds are less than 10km/h
- The fire must be in a properly constructed fireplace
- The area around the fire is clear for at least 3m
- The area above the fire must be free from flammable material
- A person must be in attendance at all times, with the means to extinguish the fire
- Make sure the fire is properly extinguished before leaving
Now the FDP is in effect, the CFA is taking a zero-tolerance approach to any fires started through negligent behaviour.
"You can be charged, you will go to court and [there are] various charges for the severity of the damage caused," Commander Lavery said.
"This is a very serious offence and the CFA and Police will be pursuing anyone that breaks the law during the Fire Danger Period and on Total Fire Ban days."