As the weather warms up it is now time to start preparing for the Fire Season. Everyone in community plays a part in Fire prevention.
Property owners play a pivotal role in fire prevention by maintaining their properties to reduce the risk during the fire danger period. It's time to address potential fire hazards including long grass. Start mowing or spraying your grass areas now!
If spraying take care not to impact your neighbour's property or spray non-targeted areas. Keep in mind that at the start of the fire restriction period any grass, even sprayed grass exceeding 100mm will need to be mowed.
The CFA, DELWP (Forest Fire Management) and Council also undertake works to minimize the fire risk.
Council has commenced inspections to identify properties that may pose a fire hazard. These properties will be issued with a fire prevention notice and failure to comply with the notice by the due date will incur costs to the property owner/occupant to have the identified hazard removed. The owner/occupant may also incur a fine.
To reduce fire hazards it is necessary to remove fuel sources.
Common examples include but are not limited to:-
Long grass, leaves and twigs
Trees and shrubs close to buildings
Empty cardboard boxes, which can be a problem in commercial areas
Fire wood should be stacked clear of buildings
It is also time to start thinking about your individual Bushfire Plan
For further information and resources to assist you in developing a Bushfire Plan visit
If you have already completed fire prevention works,
thank you for being proactive and assisting Council to provide a safer community for everyone.
For further information contact: West Wimmera Shire Council on 03 55585 9900.