Stay fire alert

LOCAL fire authorities are warning locals not to get complacent about the threat of fires after the recent rainfall and cooler weather.

Myrtleford CFA captain Garry Gunson said the rain over the last two weeks is likely to enhance the seriousness of fires if a blaze does break out due to undergrowth being longer.

“With the amount of rain we have had the fuel load has grown and is likely to be twice as long as it was before the rain,” he said

“With some hot weather again it’s going to die off meaning we will have a lot more to contend with if there are fires.

“And even though there has been rain and the cooler weather people need to remember that fire restrictions are still in place.”

The town has had more rain than what was predicted for the entire month, receiving 75.4ml of rain so far, much more than the past two Januarys combined with 45.8ml last year and just 6.2ml in 2013.

While it has freshened everything up Mr Gunson said local residents need to continue to stay on top of their yard maintenance and keep their fuel loads down.

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