Kyogle fire alert remains

RESIDENTS at Lynchs Creek, near Kyogle, were unaware they were facing a heightened level of threat when bushfires approached their homes this week.

Living close to where the Mt Lion fire was burning, the area had been upgraded to a ‘watch and act’ level of fire alert.

According to the Rural Fire Service, this level of alert meant conditions were considered to be changing and residents needed to think about taking action to protect their properties and families.

The RFS has issued a warning to residents to be aware of fire conditions and weather warnings, particularly with so many fires burning in the region.

The RFS believes many homeowners on the Northern Rivers are not prepared for a similar bushfire threat.

RFS Superintendent Rodney Brown said it was imperative to be prepared.

“People say it will never happen to me, but if they leave it too late they can’t evacuate,” Supt Brown said.

“The best thing any household can do is to get their fire survival plan ready.”

The RFS has a bushfire survival plan brochure which can be downloaded from its website.

The 16-page brochure gives detailed advice about making a decision to leave early or to stay and fight, how to prepare for a bushfire and information about understanding bushfire danger ratings.

Climatologists are predicting a warmer than average summer with lower than average rainfall due to strengthening El Nino conditions.

The bushfire survival brochure can be found at: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au



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