With the weather getting warmer, NSW Rural Fire Service is advising Harden Murrumburrah residents to be prepared for the coming fire season.
“Whilst grass fuel levels around the local area are lower than normal for this time of year, as things dry out fires will still burn quickly threatening life and property under extreme conditions.” Superintendent Andrew Dillan said.
“Areas of forest and scrub throughout the South West Slopes Zone will likely be the areas of highest risk this summer due to very low local rainfall. On hot, dry and windy days people can monitor the ‘fires near me’ smartphone app to find out more about fires in their vicinity.”
Superintendent Dillon said farmers should also be diligent as the bushfire season progresses.
“As some crops are likely to by cut for hay this season farmers should check their hay stacks on a regular basis and ensure any valuable stock and machinery is stored separately.” Superintendent Dillon said.
”Farmers should regularly inspect hay bales by breaking them open or by inserting a crowbar or metal rod to assess temperature.”
The ‘Fires near me’ mobile phone app is free and can be downloaded from the app store.
NSW Rural Services advise that residents take the time to prepare their property and make their homes safer, by trimming branches that hang over their home, mow the grass and have a cleared area around your home, remove any materials that can burn around your home, clear and remove leaves and debris from your gutters and around your home and finally, have a sturdy hose at the ready that reaches all around your home.
For more information, or to complete a fire plan, go to www.myfireplan.com.au. A fire plan could save your life and your home.
“At the end of the day, if you see a fire burning, and it appears unattended, do not waste time, dial ‘000’, it could save lives.” Superintendent Dillon said.