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THE SEASONAL MENACE IS JUST AROUND THE
CORNER -- TIME TO GET PREPARED
Summer is just around the corner. As per
usual, that means fire risk. And this summer,
that risk is more prevalent than ever.
In fact a large par t of our Shire has been
identified as being among the Victorian areas
most at risk for this summer.
With 13 years of drought in Victoria the
forest and bushland is tinder dry and the
inherent fire risk is the highest on record.
Multiple days of extreme fire risk are
expected during the summer fire season.
Last summer showed the cumulative effect
of this ongoing drought with the Black
Saturday bushfires, repeated closer to home
two weeks later with the Hogan's Road,
Muskvale, fire in the Wombat Forest.
A recent State Government repor t predicts
that this summer Victoria is facing just as high
or higher a fire risk. The repor t highlights 52
townships and areas where the fire risk and
threat to proper ty and lives is expected to
be the highest on record.
Two of these townships are within
Moor abool Shire -- Greendale and
Blackwood. The reality is that residents in
the whole of the Wombat Forest, and the
greater par t of the Shire need to be
prepared. Within the Shire we have one of
the few remaining water catchment areas
that has not been burnt in the past 10 years.
In responding to the Royal Commission into
last summer's Black Saturday fires and in
preparing for this year's fire season -- which is
just weekaway - the Victorian Government is
implementing a number of key fire
These include enhancing the township
protection plans. The key change to these
plans will be a greater emphasis on
The crucial component to safety over the
summer fire period is for the members of the
community to take per sonal responsibility for
the safety of their family and proper ty.
The lessons from last summer are many ...
but a crucial lesson is that defending a home
against an extreme raging fire is futile in many
cases. Preparing a home prior to the fire
danger period is the best form of defence.
The State Government will be sending a
letter to every registered person on the
elector al role throughout the state
explaining the fire risk and how to prepare.
October 11-18 has also been designated
Community Bushfire Action Week, which will
incorporate a whole week of activities
designed to prepare the community for the
fire season. The week will culminate with
Clean-Up Day on Sunday 18 October.
Clean-Up Day, which will be for the whole of
the State, is an oppor tunity to slash and
remove vegetation from rural proper ties and
take it to municipal transfer stations. Council
will also be accepting free green waster at its
transfer stations during this
While it is impossible to
guarantee the safety of
the community in a
fire season due to the
unpredictable nature of
the weather and fire
conditions, the effor ts that
are made to prior to the
season will keep any losses to a
KEY CONTACT NUMBERS FOR THE FIRE SEASON
Victorian Bushfire Information Line
1800 240 667
CFA Fire Emergency
Local hospital: -- Bacchus Marsh
0419 887 065
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