Mount Dryden fire sparks fury on illegal campfires

Campfires at Halls Gap must only be lit in designated areas, Country Fire Authority warned following an illegal bonfire which was left unattended at Mount Dryden at 6.30pm on Wednesday. 

Ararat Country Fire Authority duty officer Ian Morley said the persons responsible had cooked a meal over the fire and had not properly extinguished the blaze. 

“This behaviour places a burden on volunteer firefighters who have to respond to incidents that can be easily avoided,” he said.

“We want to remind people about following the fire danger provisions that legal campfires must be completely extinguished before leaving the site, trenches of 30 centimetres must be made when using a campfire and the wind must be no greater than 10 kilometres.

“We want people to go out camping and have a wonderful time in the surroundings with their families and friends, but we also want everyone to be responsible while doing so.”

Mr Morley said the fire was not deemed as suspicious, only reckless. Police and Parks Victoria were notified about the incident.