The Fire Danger Period for Cardinia Shire and the City of Casey will officially begin on 14 December, the CFA has declared.
That period, which restricts the use of fire in the community, will be in place until 1 May 2021.
During the danger period, fire restrictions come into force, and locals cannot light a fire in the open air without a permit or comply with certain requirements.
Those who haven’t obtained a permit could be breaking the law and may be prosecuted
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) declares the Fire Danger Period for each municipality (shire or council) at different times in the lead up to the fire season.
The decision ultimately depends on the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and other local conditions.