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ABOVE average rainfall during the past
18 months has created extremely high
vegetation fuel loads from the
Fleurieu Peninsula to the Adelaide Hills and
Country Fire Ser vice prevention ser vices
manager Leigh Miller said it posed the risk
of a potentially devastating fire season.
"But while it is impossible to eliminate the
risk of fire, property owners can introduce
measures to reduce the threat," he said.
Mr Miller said there were a number of key
measures property owners should be acti-
"A good rule of thumb to follow is that by
reducing the amount of fuel around your
property, you reduce the threat of bush-
fire," he said.
Some of his key CFS winter bushfire
preparation tips include:
• Reducing fuel around property assets by
cleaning up undergrowth, branches and
materials next to buildings, stock, crops,
fences, hay stacks and fodder resources.
Fuel breaks should be a minimum of 5
metres wide, although up to 20 metres is
recommended for buildings.
• Grazing, slashing, ploughing, harrowing
and mowing are all effective land clearing
methods. Maintaining breaks should be
an ongoing task, particularly as summer
• Fodder reser ves such as haystacks and
silos should be well-sited and protected as
they may provide the only feed for live-
stock following a fire. Silage is non-flam-
mable so does not require precautions.
Mr Miller said winter was also the perfect
time to overhaul machinery. He said people
should make sure items such as mowers,
slashers, angle grinders, welders and oxy
cutting tools are in good working order, as
many bushfires start because of inappropri-
ate use or faults with equipment.
The following tips can help reduce the risk
• Keep spark arresters clean
• Check the exhaust system for sparks
• Regularly move dry grass and stubble
from vehicles, particularly near exhaust
systems, stone guards and bash plates
• Keep machinery clean of oil and grease
• Inspect fuel lines and tanks for leaks
• Check brake adjustments
• Lubricate machinery regularly to prevent
• Keep battery terminals and electrical
• Store machinery away from crops
• Fit an efficient spark arrester to the
exhaust pipe of tractors
All the information needed to prepare a
property over winter for the following
bushfire season can be found by visiting
the CFS website or by contacting the
Bushfire Hotline on 1300 362 361 (TTY
If concerned about the bushfire risk from
native vegetation in the vicinity of a home,
see a copy of the Guide to Management of
Native Vegetation to Reduce the Impact of
Bushfire for advice.
SA Grower will bring you all the CFS
bushfire advice leading up to and into the
bushfire season to help you prepare your
property and plan to be bushfire-ready
Need to know more? www.cfs.sa.gov.au
Winter clean-up time
Reduce fuel, fire threats
Haystacks, silos must be well-sited
Prepare your property plan
AT A GLANCE
Preparations should be made to ensure livestock are safe. Check CFS website.
Machinery is always a danger near crops. Care must be taken.
Firebreaks should be maintained to regulated standards before and during the fire seasons.
Cleaning up around houses and fencelines, and keeping under-storey manageable, are
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