Preventing fires comes down to common sense

OVER the past month small fires have been commonplace across central Victoria. 

Fortunately no serious damage was done. But small fires can quickly become big ones, risking properties, land and livestock.

Some fires have been due to burn-offs getting out of control or machinery overheating. Still others  have been suspicious. 

Yesterday was another hot day and four fires broke out in the region. 

One fire burnt 50 hectares in Newbridge. 

A man driving around in his car in long grass was believed to have sparked the blaze. 

This could have been prevented. 

District 20 operations officer Peter Taylor said that if the wind had changed, the fire could have grown and spread even further. 

“The fire started when a man was driving around in his car through long grass,” he said. 

“We are very unhappy and would like to remind people to be careful during this fire season.”

The Country Fire Authority continues to warn residents about the dangers of using machinery and equipment near dry grass on hot days. 

But many don’t seem to be hearing the message. 

Information on what to do on high fire risk days is easily accessible on the CFA website. 

I encourage residents to have a read to keep their homes, families and pets safe this summer.

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