Fire danger to stay for a while
COMMUNITY information and warnings are prevalent during natural disasters, as seen last month with the floods in the district, and in times of bushfires.
The occurrence of the latter hasn’t been too frequent locally in recent years, however, there have been some large fires including the King Valley incident at the end of last summer, the fire in the Warbys in December 2017, and also three years earlier at Thoona and Boweya.
For anyone who has experienced a bushfire, whether directly or indirectly, they could relate to the insecurity that goes hand in hand with the unpredictability of grass and bushfires.
The fire danger period started very early last year and will most likely extend to beyond the end of summer, with above average temperatures forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and high fuel loads apparent in the region.
Many local residents would also still remember severe fires in the North East in February 2009 and others in 2006/07 and 2003.
Common denominators for these fires were extreme heat and high winds which made the fires impossible to control until weeks later.
The best thing every resident can do is to have their fire plan memorised and rehearsed in the case of a fire starting near your property.
In time of an emergency it’s important to know what your physical capabilities are in defending your home but also to know your equipment on hand will be able to do the job.
If there are any doubts, leave early in the event of a fire that commonly has potential to move quickly and threaten your home and personal safety.
Stay tuned to CFA and VicEmergency apps to reduce the risk of getting caught in the path of a fire threatening your location and wellbeing.
To download a CFA fire ready kit that will give you tips on staying safe go to https://www.cfa. vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/fire-ready-kit.