Residents of Armidale, Guyra, Walcha and Uralla can help save their homes and families from bushfire by identifying bushfire hazards on their own property and in their neighbourhood as part of the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Operation Fire Shield.
“Eighty per cent of properties damaged in bushfires are within 100m of hazards such as bush, scrub and grass. Other homes are at risk because hazards such as leaf litter haven’t been cleaned up and can catch alight from flying embers,” said superintendent Steve Mepham.
“During Operation Fire Shield we encourage residents to identify those hazards and treat them now so you can be confident you are prepared for bushfire.
“Take some time to look around your property for things that could potentially catch fire and prepare a bushfire survival plan for your family determining who would stay and who would go early,” he continued.
“The RFS also has a system for people to report any bushfire hazards on other property they are concerned about. Call 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737) or go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au to register a complaint about a hazard to be inspected by the RFS.”
A bushfire hazard exists where bushfire fuel, terrain, weather conditions and assets such as houses, farms, environmental and cultural sites combine.
Bushfire fuels include:
* Fine, dry fuels such as leaf litter, undergrowth, long grass, mulch, stubble