Fires can still ‘get out of con­trol quickly’

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

WHILE it’s been a quiet week for the Heath­cote CFA, cap­tain Carl Watkins said the end of the fire dan­ger pe­riod (FDP) for the City of Greater Bendigo doesn’t mean it’s safe to light up.

The FDP has of­fi­cially ended for res­i­dents in the City of Greater Bendigo area but Mr Watkins said lo­cals need to be wary.

“Thank­fully over the past week it’s been quiet and we hope it stays that way to an ex­tent,” he said.

“Res­i­dents need to be mind­ful that we haven’t had a lot of rain so there is a lot of dry leaves and grass around.

“This means it’s easy for fires to get out of con­trol quickly.”

Mr Watkins said any resi- dents plan­ning a burn off should mon­i­tor the weather con­di­tions closely and ex­er­cise com­mon sense.

“There’s go­ing to be days where the con­di­tions are un­suit­able — if it’s too windy there’s a chance for a fire to re­ally take off,” Mr Watkins said.

“That’s a con­cern for us at this stage.”

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