Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Are You Prepared? Do you have a Bushfire Survival Plan?
By Glenn O'Rourke, Deputy Captain, Wollombi Rural Fire Brigade, NSW Rural Fire Service
Undoubtedly, 2013 will be recognised for the extraordinary fire weather conditions experienced and of course, the associated fire activity, damage and destruction that that affected so many communities and families across NSW.
For two weeks, starting 8 January, there were 512 significant bush and grass fires including a number of large and destructive fires in areas such as Coonabarabran, Yass, Cooma and Shoalhaven, with fifty seven homes destroyed, but pleasingly no loss of life.
This was followed by some of the warmest and driest conditions experienced in NSW during winter and spring. Conditions which resulted in an early start to the fire season and some of the most damaging and destructive fires seen in decades, with the worst affected areas including Lithgow, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury, as well as Port Stephens, Central Coast and Southern Highlands.
These fires resulted in 216 homes being destroyed and a further 165 damaged. Tragically two lives were lost.
The threat of bushfire across remains high until the official end of the Bushfire Danger Period on 31 March 2014.
If you live in or near bushland you need a BUSHFIRE SURVIVAL PLAN
In the event of bushfire the more you do to plan and prepare now, the better your chances of survival will be.
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