CFA data reveals Victorians are complacent about bushfires

CFA data reveals Victorians are complacent about bushfires

19 November 2018

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AUSTRALIA – Firefighters are warning Yarra Ranges residents not to underestimate the risk of bushfires, after data reveals the community is becoming complacent.

Upper Ferntree Gully CFA captain Peter Smith urged the community of Knox and the Dandenong Ranges to not only clean up their own properties but help out neighbours.

This comes as a CFA survey revealed more than half of Victorian’s live in areas of high bushfire risk.

The data also showed 52 per cent of those who responded considered the risk moderate, minor or non-existent.

While a third said they would only leave when a fire threatened their town or suburb rather than the morning or night before a day of extreme fire danger.

Mr Smith said while Upwey and Upper Ferntree Gully were popular areas to live, many newer residents were not aware of the fire danger.

“Many are unaware of the situation and that we have a hell of a lot of forest and national parks surrounding us — we’re bordered by Lysterfield and the Dandenong Ranges National parks,” he said.

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