Fires out

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

DE­SPITE the re­cent wet weather, with the dry sea­son in full force now is the time to pre­pare homes and be bush­fire ready.

The land­scape is quite dry, and as part of a preven­tion strat­egy con­trolled burns were con­ducted from Cooya Beach all the way down the coast, get­ting rid of dry de­bris and fuel load on the ground.

Moss­man Fire and Res­cue lieu­tenant An­drew Pe­track said now it’s ev­ery res­i­dent’s turn to make sure their properties are clear of de­bris, gut­ters clean and there is a clear area be­tween the house and bushes.

‘‘When you have got fires and wind a lot of em­bers can land on rooves and leaves and de­bris on the roof es­pe­cially in gut­ters can ex­ac­er­bate fires,’’ he said.

‘‘Keep the gar­den clear with a good ac­cess around the house in case we are needed to fight fire and pro­tect homes.

‘‘We of­fer free home in­spec­tions to have a look at fire safety around the house, of­fer ad­vice and give out a free safe home kit with a smoke de­tec­tor in it.’’

If you have ex­cess de­bris, cre­at­ing a bon­fire might not be the best op­tion be­cause even though there are not any cur­rent fire bans, any fire over two-cu­bicme­tres needs a per­mit at all times of the year.

To get a fire per­mit you have to con­tact your lo­cal fire war­den, num­bers can be lo­cated in the Gazette Com­mu­nity Phone Book, in the com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion page and to or­gan­ise a free safe home in­spec­tion con­tact the area of­fice on 4032 8734.

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