It is really important you keep your property clean and fire-ready during summer.
For up to date information about preparing for fire, warnings, and current incidents visit the Country Fire Association (CFA) website.
What You Can Do to Prepare
Have a plan. Your plan should outline what you and your family will do on a high fire risk day.
Clean up your property:
- keep grass cut
- clean leaves from your gutters
- remove dead undergrowth and fallen branches
- reduce fire fuel from around your home – such as long, dry grass and fallen leaves and twigs
- check for potential fire hazards:
- household junk stored under carports or eaves
- pot plants and hanging baskets
- bushes against the house
- vines on the house
- surrounding structures: decks, pergolas
- garden furniture
- under-house items
What We Do to Reduce Fire Risk
- regularly inspect properties
- issue fire prevention notices to non-compliant landowners
- fire preparations for our reserves
- review Emergency Management and Fire Prevention Plans
- promote better fire awareness.
Ecological Burn Program
We keep Brimbank’s natural environment healthy with a bi-annual ecological burn program (autumn and spring), pending weather conditions.
- maintain healthy ecosystems;
- encourage native plant growth; and
- rejuvenate habitat for native animals.
The program is a key part of our Biodiversity Strategy and helps manage our unique landscape.
To ensure the burns are safe and effective, we
- assess Brimbank’s native grasslands to see if management is needed; and
- check sites to work out the most suitable weather and area conditions.
We sometimes change our burn schedule to take advantage of these conditions.
We notify nearby residents and stakeholders before we start the program.