Re­minder for camp­fire safety

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

CAMPERS across the North East are be­ing re­minded to fol­low the rules when it comes to camp­fire safety.

As of early last week For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria (FFMVic) as­sis­tant chief fire of­fi­cer, Jar­rod Hayse said there had al­ready been 17 fires on pub­lic land across the Hume re­gion this spring.

Ap­prox­i­mately six of the 17 were deemed to be caused by camp­fire neg­li­gence.

Among them was a sus­pected unat­tended camp­fire caused a three-hectare fire in Kialla, luck­ily fire crews were able to con­tain the fire be­fore it spread.

“Unat­tended camp­fires can lead to bush­fires, plac­ing the com­mu­nity and fire­fight­ers at risk, as well as po­ten­tially dam­ag­ing the en­vi­ron­ment,” Mr Hayse said.

Au­tho­rised of­fi­cers have and will con­tinue to pa­trol parks and forests over the school hol­i­day pe­riod to en­sure campers are do­ing the right thing and to ed­u­cate vis­i­tors on camp­fire safety.

“We’re also ask­ing peo­ple to be vig­i­lant, and if they see a camp­fire that doesn’t look right or is unat­tended, call 000,” Mr Hayse said.

On non-to­tal fire ban day peo­ple are asked to use a pur­pose-built fire­place or to light their camp­fire in a trench at least 30cm deep.

Camp­fires are never to be left alight or unat­tended and should be ex­tin­guished us­ing wa­ter not soil.

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