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High-risk bushfire season ahead. What should you do?

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High-risk bushfire season ahead. What should you do?
Published 13 November 2017
South Australia is again facing a high-risk bushfire season this summer.

South Australia is again facing a high-risk bushfire season this summer. Should you be worried? ^^ The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is predicting a high-risk bushfire this summer.

Map source: Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre Weather experts are saying that last year’s abundant growth has dried out, heightening the risk of bushfire across the state.

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre’s (CRC) Southern Australia seasonal outlook reports that Australia’s warm and dry winter has combined to ensure that the coming summer has the potential for extreme weather events and soaring temperatures and is a potential tinder box for bushfires.

With memories of the Pinery and Sampson Flat bushfires still fresh, it is important to take measures to protect your family and your property.

We recommend you take the following steps NOW to be bushfire ready.For larger properties or rural surrounds:

Clear 20 metres of vegetation around your home - further than 20 metres from your house requires a PERMIT FROM THE CFS (Native vegetation is protected by law, under the Native Vegetation Act, and permission is required to clear it on your property);

Clear five metres around buildings and structures on your property;

Create five-metre fire breaks around the perimeter of your property;

Prune tree limbs and branches which overhang your home;

Remove ‘dead’ branches, ‘dead’ undergrowth and leaf litter from your property;

Remove bark, heavy mulch, wood piles and other flammable materials close to your home and shed;

Regularly clean your gutters;

Any mowing or alterations on roadsides requires permission from Council (Local Government Act 1999).

The City of Playford conducts flammable undergrowth inspections prior to the fire danger season to ensure landowners comply with the Fire and Emergency Services Act.

Suburban blocks:

Cut long grass on your property (occupied and vacant land allotments);

Prune tree limbs and branches that overhang your home;

Remove ‘dead’ branches, ‘dead’ undergrowth and leaf litter from your property;

Remove bark, heavy mulch, wood piles and other flammable materials close to your home and shed;

Regularly clean your gutters.

What is the City of Playford doing?All vacant allotments were inspected in October and notices sent to the owners of properties with overgrown grass and weeds, asking for yards to be cut prior to Fire Danger Season.

If properties are not tidied in line with the notification, action will be taken to remedy the situation.

The City of Playford also conducts a verge mowing program across the Council area.

By now, much of this program has been completed but if you are in an area that is yet to be mowed, you can find Council’s schedule HERE.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions about this program can be found HERE.

More information Dave Watson, Fire Prevention Officer, City of Playford (8256 0333), CFS Bushfire Information Hotline (1300 362 361) or cfs.sa.gov.au

Further readingBushfire outlookThe CFS says prepare yourself