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Volume 16 No. 38
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
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FIGHT CONTINUES OVER
Lake George Zone fire service manager Tim Carroll urges residents within the region to prepare their properties
for this year's bushfire season.
Picture: Elesa Lee
Residents urged to prepare
A TALL band of grass that stretches
from the west of the country to the east
has fire officials fearing the worst for
the bushfire season ahead.
Lake George Zone fire service
manager Tim Carroll said the fuel
growth attributed to the stretch of grass
was something experts hadn't seen in
about 30 years.
''If there's ignition, there's a good
chance for fast running fire,'' he said.
The grass band extends across much
of the middle of Australia from the
Indian Ocean in the west, to the Pacific
Ocean in southern Queensland and the
Great Dividing Range in NSW.
It is predominantly waist high but is
also shoulder high in some areas. The
growth has flourished as a result of the
heavy rains from the strong La Nina
weather event at the start of the year.
Members of the Lake George Zone
fire service, who look after the
Queanbeyan area, have started visiting
properties at risk in the region and Mr
Carroll remains concerned a good
proportion of these homes are not
''Preparations put us in a better
place when fires do happen. People
need to start thinking about what they
will do during bad fire days,'' he said.
Mr Carroll believes the areas of
most concern include Jerrabomberra,
Greenleigh and The Ridgeway.
He said residents can start preparing
by clearing gutters, checking grooves
to ensure they won't allow the entry of
embers, maintaining gardens and
clearing combustibles, such as fire
wood. Residents should also check
hoses and other equipment they may
use for firefighting.
Mr Carroll said property owners
should also set triggers if a fire ban day
was predicted or days where cata-
strophic fire dangers were imminent.
''If you decide to stay and defend
[your property], get buckets out, check
hoses, [make sure your] boots are
ready and the radio's on. Listen to
updates,'' he said.
Mr Carroll warned against leaving
the home at the last minute, as it is the
most dangerous time to do so.
He admitted he is concerned about
this year's bushfire period.
''I anticipate we will have a busy
season to come,'' Mr Carroll said.
''The areas around the ACT and
down to the Victorian border are likely
to have above average fire events and
below average rainfall.''
Community meetings will be held
at the following locations to educate
residents about preparing their
homes for the bushfire season:
Queanbeyan Basketball Stadium,
Southbar Road, Karabar -- Tuesday,
September 27 at 7pm.
Centre, Jerrabomberra Parkway,
Jerrabomberra -- Wednesday,
October 19 at 7.30pm.
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