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Cut grass to remove fire hazard

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October 09, 2017

Please keep your vacant blocks and long grass under control in the lead up to the fire danger period, Shepparton’s council is asking residents.

Please keep your vacant blocks and long grass under control in the lead up to the fire danger period, Shepparton’s council is asking residents.

Greater Shepparton City Council is calling on land owners to make sure long grass on their property is dealt with, cutting back fine fuels including long or excessive grass and weeds, with summer fast approaching.

Council citizens services manager Laurienne Winbanks said with recent warm weather growth around the municipality would increase rapidly.

‘‘Everyone needs to be aware of their responsibilities to maintain their properties, particularly those in areas where grass fires can quickly take hold,’’ Ms Winbanks said.

‘‘Keeping vegetation at an acceptable level will assist in reducing the risk to other home owners and residents.’’

The council said creating and maintaining fire breaks would help reduce the intensity of a fire in rural areas, ‘‘as fine fuels are responsible for the major increase in fire intensity and spread’’.

‘‘If we receive a complaint about excessive vegetation or grass on vacant or unkempt land, officers inspect the property and if required, issue a notice to comply or a fire prevention notice,’’ Ms Winbanks said.

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