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Forest Fire Prevention

To prevent forest fires:

  • Notify your fire station before burning – A permit is required for any outdoor fire during the Fire Season
  • Never start a fire in strong winds
  • Do not leave fires unattended
  • Completely extinguish all fires before leaving an area
  • Completely extinguish matches/cigarettes before disposing
  • Never attempt to burn aerosol cans; heated cans will explode!
  • Instead of burning cuttings create a compost that you can then use to fertilise your plants
  • Clear land manually or mechanically by cutting grass and other vegetation
  • Scattering a campfire or burning debris can cause the spread of fires

When camping:

  • Find out about fire conditions before you go camping or visiting an area and strictly observe any restrictions that may be in effect
  • Before building a campfire, prepare the area by removing all leaves, twigs and other flammable material within ten feet of your campfire. Use only fallen wood.
  • Use an established fire pit or make a ring of rocks at least ten feet from trees, shrubs, structures and debris
  • Pour water on the fire and douse the site thoroughly. Stir water and dirt into the coals with a shovel or stick until there are no embers and the ashes are cold to the touch. Ensure that the fire is completely out before you leave.

Vehicle safety and fire prevention:

  • Keep vehicles on graded and maintained roads.  Stay off of roads with tall grass as catalytic converters can cause fires when the grass comes in contact with the hot exhaust system. 
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