Fire season warning

grass growth points to bad summer
grass growth points to bad summer

‘The weather conditions over winter have generated the perfect combination of rain and sunshine, which has resulted in some of the largest undergrowth we’ve seen in years,’ he said.

‘We’ve witnessed winter grass more than two metres high and once that dries it’s going to make for a very harsh bushfire season.’

Mr Bremer said it was imperative residents prepared for the fire season.

‘Have a bushfire plan, but not just in your head,’ he said.

‘Write it down and go through all the different scenarios. Having a plan for every possible scenario will save lives and property.

‘The most startling statistic to come out of the Parkerville fires last year was that 40 per cent of residents were waiting for someone to tell them to evacuate before they would do so.

‘That is the kind of thinking that will cost people their lives.’

Mr Bremer said there were not enough fire trucks for every house and residents needed to be able to make their own judgement call.

He said residents could learn how to protect their lives and property at the Bedfordale Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade bushfire information nights.