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City fringes at risk
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has warned people living on the outskirts of Melbourne and the fringe of rural cities like Horsham, Ballarat, Warrnambool and Portland that they are at risk from bushfire this summer.
Speaking to the Ballarat Courier the Chief Officer also cautioned against complacency after the recent wet weather.
“What we will see is a significant amount of grass growth and a late growth in crops and that creates a lot of fuel for summer when everything dries out,” he said.
Six top tips for those living on the urban fringe next to grassland:
- Clear weeds and remove firewood, rubbish and other fuel from around your property.
- If a grassfire starts, quickly put two or three house blocks between you and the fire.
- Avoid driving in a grassfire because it may be smoky and hard to see, and traffic jams and accidents are likely.
- Act early - don’t wait to receive a warning before moving two or three house blocks away from a grassfire.
- If you don’t live directly next to grassland and a grassfire starts, it’s safer to stay where you are because it’s unlikely the fire will spread past fences and houses.
- Don’t try to get a closer look at a grassfire – you will put yourself and others in danger.