Stay safe this Top End fire season
Rural landholders are being urged to have their properties and bushfire survival plans in place with the official declaration of the start of the Fire Danger Period for the Top End.
This declaration means you are required to have a permit to burn anywhere north of the 17th parallel of south latitude (approximately 50km north of Elliott) between 27 June 2022 to 30 November 2022. Failure to comply can result in substantial penalties.
Volunteers undertook their pre-season briefing on Saturday morning to learn about the capabilities and limitations of the aerial firefighting resources contracted by Bushfires NT for the season.
The presentation included firebombing aircraft capabilities, specifications and limitations, dispatch, response and operations, communications and fire ground safety with firebombing aircraft.
Quotes by Executive Director, Bushfires NT, Collene Bremner
“Bushfires NT is as ready as we can be, and now is the time to make sure your property and family is prepared for this Fire Danger Period.”
“Dry Season is always busy for our brigades, and there is no guarantee we will be able to respond to every call. You need to make sure you have a fire management plan and a survival plan in place.
“Make sure fuel loads are at a minimum around your property by clearing away dried grass, dead leaves and branches.
“Maintain a well-cut lawn around your home and install firebreaks that are free from slashed or dead material and don’t have any vegetation more than 50 millimetres high.
“Make sure you have plenty of water and the right equipment to put out a fire, if necessary.
“Importantly, ensure your property is easily identifiable with a street and lot number visible on the front gate. Clearly visible signs are critical to help our firies find your home.