Be wary of fire in win­ter

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

Farmers are re­minded to not be­come com­pla­cent about fire risks dur­ing har­vest with the on­set of the cold weather.

Corowa-Ber­ri­gan Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice group Cap­tain Greyd’n Davis said fire risk dur­ing har­vest can oc­cur even af­ter the mer­cury has dropped for the win­ter.

He said there have been a num­ber of calls to small crop blazes this month.

‘‘We ask that peo­ple be aware and keep an eye on their ma­chin­ery,’’ said Capt Davis, who is also Ber­ri­gan RFS Cap­tain.

‘‘Even when the weather is cooler there is a risk, so just be­cause win­ter of­fi­cially starts this week we can’t be lax.

‘‘The weather is al­ways un­pre­dictable and we do have lit­tle in­ci­dents quite of­ten.’’

Capt Davis said it’s also im­por­tant that land­hold­ers no­tify rel­e­vant peo­ple if they in­tend to burn off or have a bon­fire.

‘‘While we’re not in a per­mit pe­riod, we do ask that peo­ple ad­vise their neigh­bours and even their lo­cal fire cap­tain be­fore burn­ing any­thing.

‘‘Of­ten you have peo­ple burn­ing piles near their homes, and from the road it can look like the smoke is com­ing from the house.

‘‘Peo­ple must be mind­ful that we are vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers, and we’re of­ten called away from work, our fam­i­lies or out of bed to re­spond to these calls.’’

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