After several fires across the region last weekend, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) is urging residents in the Mid Murray Zone to prepare now before conditions heat up again.
NSW RFS Inspector Doug Adamson based in Deniliquin said now is the ideal opportunity to complete a few simple tasks so that homes and properties are ready for fires, before the return of hot and windy weather.
‘‘Firefighters and emergency agencies will of course continue to do everything possible to keep communities safe, however preparation is a shared responsibility and residents must do their bit,’’ he said.
‘‘Getting ready for a bush fire is easier than you think.
‘‘Start by simply having a conversation with your family about what you would do if a fire was to start nearby.
‘‘Make or update your bush fire survival plan and share it with everyone in your household, and maybe even neighbours.
‘‘Just a little bit of time and effort now will give your property a fighting chance next time there is a fire in the area.’’
The top five things you can do to prepare your home and property for bush fires are:
●Trim and remove overhanging branches;
●Mow your grass and have a cleared area around your home;
●Remove any materials that could potentially ignite and burn;
●Clear and remove leaves and debris from your gutters and around your home;
●Make sure you have a robust hose that can reach the whole way around your home; and
Insp Adamson said basic preparation now could prevent a lot of heartache and financial loss.
‘‘These fires don’t discriminate.
‘‘Embers can travel significant distances, crossing several properties and streets.
‘‘We’ve seen burning embers travel up to 30 kilometres in the worst conditions; it’s terrifying.
‘‘Don’t give fire an opportunity to take hold. With temperatures predicted to rise as we head in to summer, now is the time to act.’’
For more information on preparing your home for bush fire, visit www.myfireplan.com.au or contact the Mid-Murray Zone office in Deniliquin on 58815351.
Major fire updates and details on current incidents, go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.