Permits to burn during the Fire Danger Period are only applicable for land within the country area of Victoria. The country area of Victoria may include outer metropolitan Melbourne suburbs but does not include the Metropolitan Fire District (MFB), any forest, national park or protected public land.
In some areas, called fire protected areas, which are within the country area of Victoria and within 1.5km of forests, national park or protected public land, fire restrictions are determined by the Prohibited Period under the Forests Act. Permits to burn in these areas must be obtained. The list of places where the Prohibited Period applies can be found on the Forest Fire Management Victoria website.