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.