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‘Ignorance no excuse’

THE fire danger season will come to a close tomorrow, but authorities are warning people not to be complacent.
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CAUTION: Mallee Catchment District 18 CFA operations officer Robin McNally warns people not to get complacent as the fire danger period comes to a close.

Since October 27, 2014 when the fire danger season started, local fire authorities have had a steady year, according to District 18 Mallee Catchment CFA operations officer Robin McNally.

“We had a range of fire activity both on public and private land,” he said.

“Luckily, none eventuated into larger fires.”

Mr McNally said the CFA had utilised a large number of resources to keep those incidents under control.

He said he was thankful the fire danger period was not as busy as the previous year.

“We don’t want another year like that,” he said.

Mr McNally said although the fire danger period would end this week, it paid for residents to be vigilant with warm weather continuing and plenty of dry fuel around.

He said there was still the usual onus on landholders before burning off to contact the Emergency Services Telecommunication Authority, notify their neighbours beforehand, create fire breaks and have adequate firefighting equipment. Those in the irrigation district also still need council approval to conduct burnoffs.

It is also imperative that weather conditions for the day and the next couple of days after the burnoff are suitable for the activity to ensure a burnoff does not result in a bushfire.

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