Se­vere wind alarm spurs burn alert

Albany Extra - - News - Tim Ed­munds

A se­vere weather warn­ing has prompted the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices to urge landown­ers to ex­tin­guish pri­vate burns be­fore strong winds hit the re­gion to­day.

Fire­fight­ers hope to avoid a re­peat of a spate of more than 30 bush­fires which be­gan from pri­vate burns ear­lier this month.

Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Great South­ern Su­per­in­ten­dent Wayne Green said winds of up to 50km/h were ex­pected to hit the re­gion to­day.

“A cou­ple of weeks ago was the cat­a­lyst when open burn sea­son was de­clared across the ma­jor­ity of the re­gion and then we got caught out with strong winds that came with the se­vere weather warn­ing but with no rain be­hind it.”

Ear­lier this week the City of Al­bany also urged res­i­dents to en­sure any burn­ing was fully ex­tin­guished, with a front and ex­pected strong winds due to­day and to­mor­row.

Mr Green said al­though con­di­tions seemed be­nign, it did not take much for a burn to es­cape be­cause of the dry con­di­tions and un­pre­dictable weather.

“Peo­ple would have no­ticed how their burns are tak­ing off and our bush is no dif­fer­ent so any neigh­bour­ing bush will take off quickly,” he said.

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