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Prepare Your Property for Fire Danger Season

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Residents in bushfire prone areas are being urged to clean up their properties in preparation for Fire Danger Season.

After a particularly wet spring, there is a lot of growth that could pose a risk in the months ahead.

Fire Prevention Officer Tony Austin said it was important property owners prepare homes and properties to minimise risk and avoid the horrors of last year’s bushfires.

“As grasses begin to dry out across the Council area, it is important that land owners are aware of their responsibilities in regard to fire prevention and to mow or slash long grass accordingly,” he said.

“Last summer we saw the devastating impact of the Cudlee Creek fire that reached all the way through to Monarto and Rockleigh, and we don’t want to see a repeat of that.

“We need to be aware of future fire potential in the region and reduce fuel loads
wherever possible.

“Fire prevention is everyone’s responsibility and we all have a role to play.”

The Rural City of Murray Bridge is about to begin property inspections and issue reminder notices to landowners who need to cut long grass in preparation for the Fire Danger Season ahead.

Properties found to be non-compliant during an audit of the area will receive written notices and further non-compliance will result in fines.

Fire Danger Season is expected to begin mid-November – exact dates will be announced by the Country Fire Service (CFS) before then.

For more information on compliance phone Council on 8539 1100 or visit https://www.murraybridge.sa.gov.au/services/your-safety/fireandburning .

For more information about fire safety and prevention visit https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/home.jsp

Photo supplied by the Rural City of Murray Bridge