Bushfire season starts today

VK_social_media_tileThe ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) reminds the community that the ACT bushfire season starts today, 1 September 2018.

Traditionally, the bushfire season commences on 1 October and runs through until 31 March. After assessment of the current conditions and consideration of forecast weather, Commissioner Lane has made the decision to start the ACT bushfire one month early.

All Canberrans should ensure they prepared. The Bureau of Meteorology has advised a 50% change of an El Nino event which means elevated risk to the ACT from bushfire, heatwave, and dust storm is likely.

Make sure you understand Fire Danger Rating (FDR) levels to help make safe decisions when travelling in and around the ACT. From today, the ESA will update the FDR daily, which is displayed electronically on all major arterial roads across the ACT, as well as on the home page of the ESA website.

In addition, people living in or near Bushfire Prone Areas (BPAs) should download a Bushfire Survival Plan from the ESA website, fill it in and have a discussion with their family about what they will do in the event of a fire.

During the bushfire season, rural landowners and managers must obtain a free permit from the ACT Rural Fire Service before conducting hazard reduction (HR) burns. To apply for a HR permit contact 6207 8609, or send an email request to rfs@act.gov.au.

For more information on this year’s bushfire season, and how to prepare visit esa.act.gov.au

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