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Take action now to prepare for grass fires

As we head into the warmer months, residents across the Lake George area are being warned to take steps now to protect themselves from grass fires.

Due to recent vegetation growth there is an increased risk of grass fires and the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is warning residents that now is the time to prepare.

“While the recent rain has been welcome, it’s also brought a significant risk of grass fires, especially as the landscape dries out,” Superintendent Tim Carroll said.

“Grass fires can start and spread quickly so people need to take the time to prepare for them now, before it’s too late.”

Superintendent Carroll said landholders should take precautions to help prevent a fire starting in the first place.

“While we encourage people to carry out hazard reduction activities, these need to be done under the right conditions.

“Monitor the weather, and if you’re doing activities like grinding, slashing or welding, limit those works during periods of increased fire danger and check if there are restrictions in place.

“Never leave a fire unattended and always make sure that you’ve got adequate firefighting equipment on hand.

“Ensure that equipment is maintained because it can take just one or two sparks for a fire to start.

“Firebreaks can help slow a fire’s spread and landholders should put firebreaks around paddocks, buildings or other valuable assets.

“We don’t want people to be unnecessarily alarmed by the grass fire threat however we do want them to be prepared – and discussing with your family what you would do if a fire started near you can help.

“Get the guide to make a bush fire survival plan from or Lake George Fire Control Centre.

“It will walk you through the decisions you need to make well before there is a bush or grass fire.”

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