“Preparing your property for the fire season is something all residents need to do each year, whether you live in town or on a rural property,”
“Clearing and removing excess vegetation from properties is an important part of reducing the risk of fires. For those on farms, consider that grassfires can spread faster than bushfires. Now is the time to slash, mow, graze and spray grass near your home and other assets.
“Residents should also know where to get information on fire risks and warnings throughout the summer months and think about where to go and what to do in an emergency.”
The call for residents to prepare themselves and their properties comes as Council officers commence inspecting properties for fire hazards this week.
“Council inspects properties for potential fire hazards such as dry long grass, piles of green waste or wood piles too close to houses, sheds or other assets.
“If a fire hazard is identified, the property owner will be issued with a Fire Prevention Notice directing them to take action to reduce the risk of fire to both
the resident and neighbours.”
In the lead up to the fire season, Council is also working with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) to reduce roadside fuels across the Shire.
“Council sprays, grades and slashes roadside to assist the CFA conduct roadside burning to reduce fuels in strategic areas. Council also cuts roadsides
to reduce the risk of ignition.
“Council has also requested the state and federal governments better support roadside grazing in an effort to further reduce roadside fuel.”
The Country Fire Authority has resources available to assist residents in preparing their properties for fire. Visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare or contact the CFA Community Education Coordinator at your local CFA Regional