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Warm temps a warning bush fire season fast approaching


Bush fire season officially begins on 1 October across Lake Macquarie and residents are being urged to prepare early ahead of a warm spring and summer.

Hot, dry and windy conditions have already led to a number of fires across the state this week, with the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) responding to more than 70 incidents including blazes at Pelican and Eraring.

Senior Bush Fire Officer Craig Holland said Lake Macquarie City Council was working with NSW RFS and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) on hazard reduction activities across Lake Macquarie ahead of the high-risk period.

“We have planned burns coming up in Whitebridge and Cameron Park this week to prepare vegetated areas near residential properties for bush fire season.

Senior Bush Fire Officer Craig Holland

“I’d like to thank residents who took the time to prepare their properties to assist with this essential work and encourage everyone to follow suit as soon as possible to mitigate risk.

“Simple steps like tidying gutters, slashing long grass, mowing lawns and cleaning up debris around your home can significantly increase your property’s chances of surviving a bush fire or ember attack.”

Fire season is upon us, with council urging simple tasks now could save heartache later.

Lake Macquarie City mayor Kay Fraser said it was important for people to be aware of their property’s risk level, check their insurance policies were up to date and to make a bush fire survival plan.

“Living close to beautiful bushland is part of the appeal of living in Lake Macquarie, but we all need to be vigilant when the weather heats up and plan ahead for the worst,” she said.

“Make sure you have a plan for what you’ll do if a bush fire threatens your home, remembering that leaving early is always the safest option.”

Visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for more information on how to plan for bushfire season and for the latest alerts in your area.

To stay up to date with hazard reduction activities in your area, download the Hazards Near Me app or phone the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737).

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