Prepare your Bushfire Survival Plan now

ALPINE Shire Council is joining the CFA in urging residents to prepare and practice their Bushfire Survival Plan before the Fire Danger Period starts later this month.

Spring rainfall and warm weather have caused extensive grass growth across the region, prompting CFA warnings of a higher than average risk of grass fires this fire season.

The Fire Danger Period for the Alpine Shire will start on Monday, 19 December, after which time no one can conduct burn offs without written permission from the CFA or Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officer.

Conditions apply when operating a barbecue, lighting campfires, driving in areas with grass or undergrowth and carrying out welding, grinding and soldering on days of total fire ban.

Municipal Fire Prevention Officer Darryl Farmer said residents needed to prepare and practice their Bushfire Survival Plan now.

“Unfortunately it’s too easy for people to be complacent and not have their plan fully prepared,” he said.

“Both residents and visitors need to understand the risks of bushfires and be as prepared as possible.

“Even people who are extremely well prepared can die fighting fires at home so people need to decide when they will leave and stick with the plan.

“If you live in a high-risk bushfire area, your home may not be defendable on a Code Red day.”

For more information on how to prepare a Fire Safety Plan and what restrictions apply during a Fire Danger Period, visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au or click here.



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