The CFA is urging district residents to know the difference between Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans.December 12, 2012 4:03am
With summer now upon us, the CFA is urging district residents to know the difference between Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans.
CFA chief Euan Ferguson said Fire Danger Ratings helped people to know how a fire might behave, while a Total Fire Ban was a legal declaration to cease activities which may cause a fire.
Mr Ferguson said Fire Danger Ratings were a trigger to act.
‘‘They indicate how easily a fire can start, how intense it could burn, how difficult it will be to put out and how much damage it could cause,’’ he said.
‘‘The higher the Fire Danger Rating, the greater risk to control the fire, therefore increasing the risk to lives and property.
‘‘The ratings are all about safeguarding your own personal safety and the safety of your family, which is paramount.
‘‘Everyone who lives or visits high risk areas in summer should visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au to check the Fire Danger Rating for their area every day.’’
The ratings also told people when conditions were dangerous enough to enact their bushfire survival plan.
Ratings are forecast using Bureau of Meteorology data for up to four days in advance, based on weather and other environmental conditions such as fuel loads.
Mr Ferguson said fire bans were legal restrictions designed to prevent fires from starting.
He said strict penalties applied for all breaches, which were referred to police.
‘‘A severe, extreme or code red FDR on the other hand, should act as a trigger to leave early,’’ he said.
‘‘The FDR system, which includes six ratings from low/moderate to code red, helps you to know when the conditions are dangerous enough to prompt you to leave early.
‘‘Leaving early before a fire has even started is the only way to guarantee your family’s safety on a bad day.
‘‘Your plan needs to cover what you will do and where and when you will go well before there are any signs of fire.’’
Mr Ferguson said most people in high-risk bushfire areas knew a code red rating meant they should leave that morning or the night before.
‘‘But not as many of us are aware that leaving early on severe or extreme days should also be a serious consideration, particularly if your house is not well-prepared or if you have children in your care,’’ he said.
‘‘There’s no one-size-fits-all answer as different areas of Victoria have different risk profiles.
‘‘If you’re not sure, I’d strongly recommend you to talk to your local brigade or book a free assessment through CFA’s Home Bushfire Advice Service.’’
To find out the daily Fire Danger Rating or Total Fire Ban status, go to www.cfa.vic.gov.au or phone the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800
Have you seen this person?
The Yarrawonga Pigeons A grade netball team has fallen agonisingly short of winning the 2015 Ovens and Murray Premiership against Wodonga after staging a great final quarter fightback.
There is a new police sergeant in Mooroopna and his name is Gerard Warrin.
EMERGENCY services worked to save an olive plantation as high winds whipped up flames at Torrumbarry this afternoon.
ROCHESTER Historical and Pioneer Society boasts one of the finest local history museums in country Victoria.
Bombers prepare for GVFL Grand Final
Hundreds flock to Avenel to learn a thing or three.
Tocumwal Lions Club has plans to purchase the Bowling Club site for an aged care facility, which will only happen if the merger between the Tocumwal bowls and golf clubs proceeds.
A NASTY run-in with a kangaroo on the Northern Hwy between Melbourne and Echuca has convinced one regular traveller on the road the question of a cull needs to be addressed.
Three Cobram teens have been arrested by police after they allegedly stole tractors from Cobram and Tocumwal and caused about $30 000 in damage.
Whether you fancy a flutter on the Caulfield Cup or the local cup, the Deniliquin racecourse is the place to be on Saturday, October 17.
The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) has acknowledged the completion of negotiations under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), noting modest but important gains made for the Australian dairy industry in improving access to global markets.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.