While we have had a wet winter, the Melton and Moorabool Star Weekly has reported the possibility of an intense fire season for the west this year.
In Victoria especially, we know how dangerous the bushfire season can be but if we are prepared and maintain our properties we can help reduce bushfire risk and protect our home and family.
Those who live in bushfire prone area should take note of the below information (from the CFA website):
- Mature trees – Mature trees can help shield against radiant heat and embers. They must be strategically located and well managed.
- Remove Flammables – Remove flammable items from decks and verandahs, such as boxes, furniture and doormats.
- Keep grass short – Keep grass cut to less than 10cm. Fire can ignite and travel quickly through long grass.
- Woodpiles – Keep woodpiles away from the house. Stray fire embers can easily ignite woodpiles.
- Store Flammables – Store flammable liquids away from house. Where possible, store in flame proof containers.
- Leaves and Twigs -Get rid of dry grass, leaves, twigs and loose bark.
- Prune shrubs – Prune lower branches of shrubs to separate from surface fuels underneath. Prune shrubs well away from branches of mature trees
- Cut back branches – Cut back overhanging tree branches close to property – no branches in 10m space.
- Garden beds – Do not have large shrubs next to or under windows.
- Pebbles and rocks – Use pebbles and rocks in your garden (not flammable mulch).
- Roof gutters – Keep gutters and roof areas clear of leaf litter.
As well as paying attention to our properties during bushfire season and remaining alert of bushfire warnings, it’s also important to discuss bushfire risk with your family and come up with an emergency plan covering what you would do if there were a bushfire near you.
Stay informed about bushfire management and planning by visiting www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/.