Fire dan­ger to stay for a while

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

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.

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