14 May 2010

[rfs-bluemountains-information] Hazard Reduction burns this weekend

Good afternoon everyone,


There are two planned prescribed burns being undertaken over this weekend, weather permitting. The details are below:


1. Saturday & Sunday, 15-16/May/10 : Robyn Road, Winmalee = approx 90ha

2. Saturday & Sunday, 15-16/May/10: Chapman Pde, Faulconbridge = approx 70ha


These hazard reduction burns are part of a planned bushfire fuel reduction designed to protect life and property from intense wildfires. Hazard reduction will not completely stop bushfires from starting and spreading, but can assist firefighters with containment strategies and property protection.


All landholders, including private property, must treat bushfire hazards on their own land and prepare their own properties adequately and effectively to cope with bushfire.


Residents around the hazard reduction burn areas are reminded to take the following precautions:


- Keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke entering homes

- Keep outdoor furniture under cover to prevent ember burns

- Retract pool covers to prevent ember damage

- Remove washing from clotheslines

- Ensure pets have a protected area

- Vehicles must slow down, keep windows up, turn headlights on

- Sightseers must keep away from burns for their own safety – this includes bushwalkers, mountain bikers and dog walkers.

- If you have asthma or a lung condition, reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice
Sue Hardy
Blue Mountains District Office