MOUNT LOFTY RANGES FIRE BAN DISTRICT
The Fire Danger Season
Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Danger Season commenced Friday 15th November 2019 and will finish on Thursday 30th April 2020, however, this date is subject to change with current weather conditions.
For information on campfires, bonfires, warmth and comfort fires during the fire danger season, please visit the cfs website.
Mount Lofty Ranges
Due to drier than normal weather conditions the 2019/2020 fire danger season commenced earlier than the traditional 1st of December.
It is a year round responsibility of property owners to maintain their properties, particularly higher importance during the fire danger season.
Residents must prepare their properties before and continue to maintain them during fire danger season by reducing the amount of vegetation, fuel and undergrowth around the property. This is one of the most important aspects of fire prevention and preparedness. Council’s Fire Prevention Officers have commenced their annual inspections of properties across the Council area.
Council is urging everyone to be prepared this summer by:
- Mowing long grass and cleaning up flammable undergrowth from around their home and property.
- Creating a defendable space around the home by carefully managing trees, shrubs and vegetation and moving flammable material away from the house.
- Clearing flammable leaves and debris from gutters and around the home.
- In rural areas, slashing firebreaks and grazing paddocks to reduce the fuel loads.
- Having a reliable, independent water supply.
- Prepare and practice a bushfire survival plan and stay informed.
The CFS website has some helpful references on how you can become bushfire ready this season. There are tips on how to prepare your property, what to do in the event of a fire, how to stay informed and how to develop and enact a bushfire survival plan. The CFS Facebook page is also a valuable way to keep informed about events and warnings.
Prepare your property by cleaning up and reducing flammable vegetation around your home.
Have a plan about what you will do if a bushfire threatens the area - CFS - Prepare your 5 minute Bushfire Plan
Monitor local conditions and daily fire danger ratings - CFS - Monitor Local Conditions
Know exactly what you can and can not do during the fire danger season - CFS What Can I / What Cant I do
For more information on Fire Bans and Ratings please click the link
For 24 hour advice in relation to fire restrictions or fire bans, contact the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361 or visit the CFS website.