The Pyrenees Shire Council has offered residents still feeling the effects of last month’s Lexton fire advice and support on water supplies, farming and mental health through a regular newsletter.
The Lexton-Ben Major fire burned around 3000 hectares of bush and farm land on December 20 and 21, with in excess of 1000 sheep lost and kilometres of fencing burned along with significant crop and pasture losses.
Last week council released the first issue of a newsletter detailing fire facts and offering advice and support to those impacted, in particular landowners.
Council is urging residents to be aware of water contaminants following the fire as drinking water tanks can become contaminated from debris, ash, dead animals or aerial fire retardant. Council warns if the water tastes, looks or smells unusual, do not drink or give it to animals.
Health and Human Services recommends disconnecting the downpipes to tanks to avoid contamination following the fire and only reconnect the downpipes when the catchment area, such as the roof, has been cleaned.
Farm water supplies may also be impacted by fire and a local environmental specialist has offered assistance with water supplies for farmers. Central Highlands Water has offered to replenish domestically used tank water that has been contaminated or impacted by the fire. For information on both services contact recovery manager Martin Walmsley on 1300 797 363.
For more on this story see Page 7 of The Advertiser, Friday, January 17