Prepare now for earlier fire season

Landowners urged to register burn-offs with CFA

GRASS FIRES EXTINGUISHED: Local fire crews responded to two separate grass fires on Monday. Myrtleford CFA were called to a small fire at a property in Clancy Lane at around 4pm after harvesting machinery set the grass alight. And later on in the day roadside slashing in Mudgegonga caused a grass fire in an adjoining paddock. Both fires were quickly contained. PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

ALPINE Shire residents should be preparing their properties for the upcoming fire season with fire restrictions likely to be introduced earlier than usual this summer.

Country Fire Authority operations officer for the Alpine region Mark Owens said people wanting to get their blocks cleared by burning off need to do it now as fire danger period restrictions will be introduced in the Alpine Shire on November 24 – several weeks ahead of last year.

Increased average temperatures over the last few months and the Bureau of Meteorology predicting more hot weather for the coming months means there is again a severe risk of fires.

“We’ve had a dry winter and spring and although we’ve had some smaller rain bands it is still very dry, grass land is drying quicker and the forest is quite dry as well,” Mr Owens said.

“The chance of temperatures exceeding the mean day and night time temperatures over the next couple of months will increase so there is certainly a larger chance of overnight temperatures being higher, meaning the ground doesn’t have time to cool.”

The Alpine Shire’s fire prevention officers have recently begun their assessments of properties and will start issuing notices to local residents to clear their land if it is believed to be a fire hazard.

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