Fire period to begin
FIRE restrictions will come into effect throughout the Alpine region when the official Fire Danger Period starts on Monday, October 29.
The restrictions mean you cannot light a fire in the open air unless you have a permit or comply with certain requirements, and if you don’t obtain a permit, you could be breaking the law and may be prosecuted.
Sheridan Gillham, secretary of the Bright Fire Brigade, has likened fuel loads in the area to those seen around the time of the Black Saturday fires that ravished the state in February 2009. Ms Gillham has also personally recorded rainfall at about 99mm below a normal year in the Bright area.
Following Victoria’s second-driest September on record, forecasts show that there is potential for an earlier and longer fire season in Victoria.
So the message is clear from the CFA, get prepared, and have a plan.
“You’ve got to prepare now, you can’t just go into the summer thinking ‘we’ll be right’,” Mr Gillham said.
“It’s all the usual stuff; you have to clean up your property, and if you’re starting it now, it’s probably too late.”
For the Bright Fire Brigade, it’s business as usual, meeting every Monday night at 7pm and proactively bracing for the dangerous period ahead.
Captain Paul Mansfield believes there could be a misconception at the moment that the region is a bit green, but he warned as we move into summer it will continue to get dry.
“You don’t have to travel too far to see how dry it is,” he explained.
The fire brigade has recommended anyone planning a burn-off before Monday, October 29 should register the burn with the CFA by phoning 1800 668 511.
As part of Bright’s annual Spring Festival, CFA volunteers will be running a guided tour of the working rural fire station on Churchill Avenue on Monday, October 29.
Additionally, the Bright Fire Brigade will hold a bushfire planning workshop at the station to talk to the public about how the season is progressing.
They will also be assisting people to write bushfire plans.
The workshop will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, December 5.
VOLUNTEERS: First lieutenant Brett Michie, captain Paul Mansfield and firefighter Michael Balfour at the Bright fire station. The CFA warns people to get prepared for the bushfire season and observe fire restrictions during the danger period.