CFA urge: prompt prepa­ra­tion

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CFA and lo­cal coun­cils, as part of Fire Ac­tion Week (Oc­to­ber 7-14), are urg­ing res­i­dents to make sure they are pre­pared for the com­ing fire sea­son

As the Fire Dan­ger Pe­riod be­gins to phase in across the state over the com­ing weeks, the warmer and drier than aver­age weather over re­cent months, teamed with re­cent rain­fall caus­ing growth in pas­ture and road­sides means res­i­dents need to be pre­pared for the im­mi­nent fire sea­son.

“Fire Ac­tion Week is an im­por­tant re­minder for all Vic­to­ri­ans to know where to go for emer­gency in­for­ma­tion and how you and your fam­ily can stay safe this sum­mer,” said Emer­gency Man­age­ment Com­mis­sioner An­drew Crisp.

Pre­par­ing your prop­erty means you can min­imise the chance of prop­erty dam­age dur­ing a fire; even if you plan to leave early.

Re­duce your grass­fire risk on days when it is safe to do so.

Slash, mow, graze and spray grass near your home and as­sets, and cre­ate fuel breaks.

Re­duc­ing the veg­e­ta­tion around your home is one of the most im­por­tant things you can do to keep your home safe in a bush­fire.

Burn­ing off grass, stub­ble, weeds, un­der­growth or other veg­e­ta­tion is gen­er­ally per­mit­ted out­side the Fire Dan­ger Pe­riod.

Lo­cal laws on burn-offs can ap­ply year­round.

Check with your lo­cal coun­cil be­fore light­ing up.

Check the weather fore­cast for the day of the burn and a few days af­ter­wards and no­tify neigh­bours at least two hours be­fore start­ing the burn.

Burn­ing of larger fuel loads such as windrows, trees and stumps should not be burnt un­til au­tumn. Farm­ers need to check any burns that have been done with the last few months that have in­volved trees or stumps.

In the past many fires have started from burn-offs con­ducted months pre­vi­ous to the Fire Dan­ger Pe­riod.

All burn-offs should be reg­is­tered with the Burn-Offs No­ti­fi­ca­tion Hot­line on 1800 668511. Un­der­stand your risk and plan ahead. Know what to do on hot, dry, windy and plan for all sit­u­a­tions.

Have a plan; make sure your fam­ily knows it, stick to it and don’t hes­i­tate when it’s time to leave, but do not wait to re­ceive an of­fi­cial warn­ing be­fore you leave as you may not get one.

Fires can start quickly and threaten homes and lives within min­utes. Make sure you have a plan. When pre­par­ing for fire also con­sider your pets; have bed­ding, food and wa­ter ready to go and make sure you have safe trans­port when leav­ing, but the CFA urge res­i­dents to al­ways put their safety be­fore the safety of their pets.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion go to

PHOTO: Keith Pak­en­ham/CFA

RE­DUCE VEG­E­TA­TION: Mow­ing, slash­ing, graz­ing or spray­ing grass can help cre­ate es­sen­tial fire­breaks around your prop­erty or home.

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