Sim­ple ‘Cool To Touch’ camp­fire mes­sage

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria has a sim­ple mes­sage for the bush­fire sea­son – ‘If your camp­fire is Cool To Touch, you are safe to leave’.

“We want this mes­sage to res­onate with campers be­cause pre­ven­tion is the best way of re­duc­ing bush­fire risk to Vic­to­rian com­mu­ni­ties,” said For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria’s Re­gional Man­ager, For­est Fire Op­er­a­tions Hume Shaun Lawlor.

“Unat­tended camp­fires or those that are not ex­tin­guished prop­erly are the most com­mon cause of bush­fires in the Hume Re­gion. “Dur­ing the past five bush­fire sea­sons (since 2011/12) in the Hume Re­gion, camp­fires/bar­be­cues and unat­tended camp­fires have ac­counted for more than 50 per­cent of bush­fires.

“We want peo­ple to visit our beau­ti­ful parks and forests and en­joy ev­ery­thing the en­vi­ron­ment has to of­fer, but we also want peo­ple to un­der­stand the risks when it comes to camp­fires.

“Camp­fires should al­ways be ex­tin­guished with wa­ter and not soil, and must be ‘Cool To Touch’ be­fore leav­ing. Leav­ing hot em­bers on a sum­mer day in bush­land is ask­ing for trou­ble.

“Camp­fires are not to be lit on days of To­tal Fire Ban un­der any cir­cum­stances and any pre­vi­ously ig­nited fire must be ex­tin­guished by mid­night be­fore the ban com­mences. “Campers need to be proac­tive and seek in­for­ma­tion be­fore head­ing into the bush.

“Days of To­tal Fire Ban are a lethal com­bi­na­tion of heat, dry­ness and wind, and make bush­fires dif­fi­cult to con­trol.” If you see any­one be­hav­ing sus­pi­ciously or ir­re­spon­si­bly, call 136 186 and re­port it, or con­tact your lo­cal DELWP or Parks Vic­to­ria of­fice, or po­lice sta­tion.

Those caught do­ing the wrong thing can be pros­e­cuted un­der the Coun­try Fire Au­thor­ity (CFA) Act 1958. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit www.delwp.vic. gov.au.

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