Shoalhaven faces above average bushfire risk this season

SHOALHAVEN City has been identified as one of many areas facing potential above normal fire conditions for the 2013 to 2014 fire season.

The data was released by the Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre.

The above normal forecast is due to a combination of abundant grass growth and above average rainfall since May coupled with ongoing above average temperatures.

This combination of factors has resulted in a build up of fuel in grasslands and drier than average forests, each of which is more prone to bushfire.

Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash said it was essential that local residents created their own Bush Fire Survival Plan to ensure they were adequately prepared for the upcoming season.

“It is imperative that local residents ensure their preparedness for the current bush fire season,” Cr Gash said.

“Large bushfires, like the ones experienced across Deans Gap earlier this year, have the potential to travel great distances and cause widespread damage in a very limited amount of time.

“In the event of a quick spreading fire, residents need to be aware of their options and have a series of processes already in place to ensure their survival.

“It is essential that local residents have a thorough plan in place to deal with all potential outcomes.”

Mayor Gash said the NSW Rural Fire Service provided information on creating Bush Fire Survival Plans as well as further advice on ensuring properties are fire safe.

For further information visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.