Medowie Back burning to take place this week

Be alert for back burning areas as the Rural Fire Brigade prepare for summer.
Be alert for back burning areas as the Rural Fire Brigade prepare for summer.

 

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Medowie Rural Fire Brigade together with neighbouring brigades will be conducting a scheduled hazard reduction burn on Brocklesby Road in Medowie on Saturday, August 5.

It is estimated the burn will last for around five hours.

Approximately 30 NSW RFS members will take part in the operation which will help reduce the risk of bushfires around Wirreanda Public School.

The Brigade’s Community Engagement Officer, Ken Johnson, said it is important to take advantage of suitable weather conditions to conduct hazard reduction burning as soon as they occur.

“Each year only a small window of opportunity exists where weather conditions are favourable to controlled burns.”

“For a hazard reduction burn to be successful, we require the right wind and temperature conditions as well as ground fuels to be sufficiently dry,” Mr Johnson said.

“We advise residents in Brocklesby Road and surrounding areas within Medowie to take appropriate precautions, such as keeping doors and windows closed, removing washing from clotheslines and making sure pets are in a protected area,” he added.

“People with asthma or those susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to stay indoors, close windows and doors and follow their health plan.”

For more information, call 4015 0000 or visit rfs.nsw.gov.au.

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