Early bushfire season predicted in outlook

Residents across the shire are being encouraged by local CFA members, including Carisbrook Brigade Captain Ian Boucher, to reduce the fuel loads on their properties before the bushfire season starts.

A warmer, drier winter and a hot summer ahead will see an early start to the bushfire season across the region and for most of Victoria.

The Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook, developed by the Bureau of Meteorology, was released earlier this month, predicting an above normal fire season for most of Victoria, including the north central area, which the Central Goldfields Shire forms part of.

With the outlook, Goldfields Group Officer Robert Ipsen is encouraging locals to start reducing fuel loads on their properties to reduce their fire risk now, before the season starts.

“Even though we are only in September, we are encouraging people to reduce the fuel loads on their properties now so that they are prepared for the start of the fire season,” he said.

“Last year there was a lot of grass growth across the region, meaning the fuel load was quite high, this year because it has been fairly dry, the grass is quite low meaning that fires will be able to travel extremely fast.

“At this stage the fire danger period is also expected to start earlier, however it depends on what the spring months produce in terms of rain.”

Mr Ipsen also encouraged locals who have the equipment, to spray along property fence lines.

For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, September 12.

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