Australia — SPRING rains and summer storms have generated rapid growth across Melbournes grasslands and prompted fears of urban bushfires, according to the Metropolitan Fire Brigade
The vegetation is expected to dry out over summer, which will lead to an increased fuel load. The MFB is concerned that neighbourhoods near parks and areas on the urban-rural divide could face an increased fire risk.
The MFB compiled a list of streets that it believes are in at risk areas. It will send out 30,000 letters in the next few days to residents in the at risk areas.
MFB sent out a flip-chart to residents that contained information for households in the rural-urban divide and those near reserves, grasslands or bush.
“With summer upon us, it is imperative to consider your preparedness should a grass or bush fire start from the parkland areas near your property, a MFB spokesman said.