Fire Action Week 2017 - The right time to prepare

Monday 16 October 2017, 11:30 AM

Preparation for the upcoming fire season is underway, and Council is encouraging you to clean up too.

Pyrenees Shire Council is again offering free green waste disposal at its transfer stations in Avoca, Beaufort and Snake Valley.

Council has also commenced its annual strategic slashing program of roads in the Pyrenees Shire.

Mayor Ron Eason said contractors were moving across the north of the Shire, and would move further south as the weather warmed.

“Council slashes roads in the Pyrenees Shire on a risk-based strategy, as prepared in the Municipal Fire Management Plan,” Mayor Eason said.

“Council’s contractors have been through Redbank, Barkly, Landsborough and Moonambel already,” he said.

Residents are able to clean up their properties and dispose of their green waste for free for a period of three weeks, starting with Fire Action Week on October 13 until November 3.

“We’ve decided to extend the usual two week offer to three weeks to encourage residents to get ready for the fire season,” Mayor Eason said.

“Residents are also encouraged to discuss their fire plans with their families, to ensure they are ready if a fire impacts on them,” he said.

Council’s free green waste offer is open to all residents of the Pyrenees Shire to dispose of green waste, leaf litter, grass clippings and small tree branches. Large trees and deposits from commercial enterprises are not part of this offer.

This Fire Action Week (13-20 October), Be Fire Ready - The Reasons are Black and White

Preparing your property is easier than you might think. Some are regular actions like pruning trees and cutting your grass, others are once a year, but all could help save you, your household and your home. Tick off these simple steps to prepare you home for summer.

  1. Plan what you'll do in the event of a fire, talk to your household and know where to access information on high risk days
  2. Keep grass cut low. Fire can ignite and travel quickly through long grass
  3. Get rid of dry grass, leaves, twigs and loose bark around your home
  4. Remove or prune shrubs near windows and well away from branches of mature trees
  5. Cut back overhanging tree branches close to property - no branches in 10m space
  6. Keep gutters and roof areas clear of leaf litter (if you are physically able to).
  7. Remove all materials from around the home that could burn, such as boxes, furniture and woodpiles.

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We acknowledge the people past and present of the Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, and Djab Wurrung tribes, whose land forms the Pyrenees Shire. We pay our respect to the customs, traditions and stewardship of the land by the elders and people of these tribes.

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