Be wary of fire in winter
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.’’