Act now on bush­fire mit­i­ga­tion

Western Times - - NEWS -

WITH re­cent fire re­stric­tions now lifted, south­west land­hold­ers are be­ing urged to start haz­ard re­duc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice act­ing re­gional man­ager Tim Chit­ten­den said haz­ard re­duc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties were im­por­tant for bush­fire prepa­ra­tion.

“Res­i­dents should rake up and re­move leaves, clear gut­ters, trim low-ly­ing branches and mow their grass reg­u­larly.

“They should also put in fire breaks and move flammable items away from the house, such as wood­piles, pa­per, boxes and crates.”

Mr Chit­ten­den said land­hold­ers who wished to burn on their prop­er­ties would need to ap­ply for a per­mit.

“If burn­ing in an area greater than two me­tres in any di­rec­tion, res­i­dents should ob­tain a per­mit through their lo­cal fire war­den.

“The Per­mit to Light a Fire sys­tem en­sures burns are con­ducted at an ap­pro­pri­ate time, are suit­ably man­aged and emer­gency ser­vices are no­ti­fied. Tough penal­ties ap­ply for peo­ple who light fires with­out a per­mit.”

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