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Fire danger runs high

SOUTH Gippsland could be in for hot and dry weather for the rest of summer, resulting in a dreadful fire season according to the Ruby Fire Brigade.

Captain Michael Guest said rain early in the season would result in grass and bush growing, and produce more fuel for fires.

Ruby CFA member Darren Hardacre said, “The grass and bush areas have dried out really quickly and a lot of the bush is lacking soil moisture and is already dry.

“It’s really significant for us to make sure locals have prepared for the season. Whether they’re in town or rural areas, they need to have a fire plan.

“We urge people to seek the knowledge and prepare a plan. If they don’t know what to do, there is information on the CFA website or they can contact their local brigade.”

Mr Guest suggested residents tidy around their properties, keep grass short, keep wood piles away from house, cut back branches and clear roof gutters.

The Ruby CFA trained once a month ahead of the fire season.

“The training has included ensuring everyone is familiar with how the pump works, as well as tree hazard awareness,” Mr Guest said.

“Everyone needs to make sure they have a plan for their pets and farm animals on bad days, especially if they are away on the day, and to share the fire plan with everyone living at the house, the neighbours and family members not at the house.”

Not only are fire fighters preparing, but so are the Ruby Reds, the voluntary CFA members who help at the brigade, organising events and catering for firefighters. There are 45 Ruby CFA members and around 20 active operational members.

 

Fire ready: from left, Ruby CFA’s Andrew Sage, Darren Hardacre, Karen Hardacre, Nicole Whiteside, secretary Linda Sage, Nathan Hardacre, Aaron Perks, Tim Hardacre and captain Michael Guest have been hard at work preparing for the fire season.

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