Another week, another run of hazy, smoky days. The difference this time is they're being caused by a big fire much closer to home. Firefighters have been working feverishly to contain a massive blaze at Currowan, west of Kioala-Bawley Point. The challenge has been to strengthen containment lines and conduct backburning before the fire can leap from the inaccessible country in which it's burning and menace coastal settlements. Our firefighters have also been busy further afield, fighting the huge blazes on the north coast.
Things are likely to get worse before they get better with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a long, hot and dry summer. Shoalhaven City Council is getting ahead of the curve by imposing Level 1 water restrictions from Monday, December 2.
Council has also voted to seek additional powers to compel landowners to reduce fire hazards on private property and to ask the Rural Fire Service to conduct an audit of its bushfire management plan.
Also feeling the heat in recent weeks, over a racist comment made at an AGM, Group 7 operations manager Peter Mehl has announced his retirement. This brings to a close a sorry chapter in the history of the league on the South Coast.