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Media Release

Smoke in the air
Wednesday 22 September 2010 – 1:25 PM

Controlled burning is being done by people living in high bushfire risk areas as well as Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), FESA and local governments in preparation for the fire season.

 

Burn offs are done to reduce the impact of fires on people and property during the bushfire season.

 

Community Emergency Services Manager Swan Brett Finlay said the intensity and spread of a bushfire is determined by the amount of vegetation available to burn.

 

“Reducing the amount of vegetation will reduce the intensity and how fast a bushfire spreads,” he said.

 

“People doing burns on their property need to be aware that the current conditions are a lot drier than those in previous years.

 

“This means fires will burn quicker and move faster as the vegetation is drier.”

 

Mr Finlay said controlled burning often generated smoke that lingered near the area being burnt and pushed to nearby areas by the wind.

 

“People living in or near bushland should become familiar with the FESA website so they can find information about possible reasons there is smoke in their area,” he said.

 

“If a major fire endangers life or property, FESA issues alerts through the media and via the FESA website and information line.”

 

The FESA website also has links to DEC’s website which has information about their prescribed burns.

 

People who are conducting burning should make sure they have good firebreaks and sufficient water nearby to put the fire out.

 

Before beginning a burn, always contact your local government to see what restrictions are in place and whether permits are required.

 

Mr Finlay said anyone who sees flames but no emergency services personnel or landowners well prepared tending to the fire should ring triple zero immediately.

 

Any suspicious activity should be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

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