Another ‘high risk’ fire season

September 08, 2017

John Cutting from the Echuca & District Historic Vehicle Club with Rod Cairns and Sandra Carey from Community Living & Respite.

ALTHOUGH it might still be wet underfoot the fire season is fast approaching.

And CFA Campaspe Shire district 20 operations officer John Cutting said the region was once again predicted to be of high risk.

‘‘We are once again sitting in the red section of the country which are expected to have above normal bushfire potential,’’ he said.

‘‘This is something that has been on an annual basis for the past few years.

‘‘But they are just that — predictions.

‘‘Within the Campaspe Shire we have a great relationship with the community and last fire season we had under 100ha of land burnt within the fire danger period.

‘‘This was a joint effort from the CFA and the community with plenty of planning done.

‘‘Together if we reduce the ignition there is no fire.’’

A warm and reasonably dry winter has produced a large fuel load across the region with the fire season set to start in October.

‘‘Because of the recent rain there is a lot of growth, particularly to the west of us, and the main fuel load for our area is open grass land and crops,’’ he said.

‘‘It all depends on what rain and heat we get and how we prepare.

‘‘Of course we always prepare for the worst so we have been doing crew briefings and pre-planning.’’

Mr Cutting said all preparations were in place but land owners had a major role to play.

‘‘We always look at being prepared for everything and we have four air crafts which are available to us during the season,’’ he said.

‘‘But a lot of the work has to be done by land owners around their property.

‘‘Although it might be a bit damp in their paddocks at the moment but around AFL grand final day they should start clearing around infrastructure and doing their preparations.

‘‘This includes moving fire wood away from the house, checking gutters, mowing and clearing land.’’

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