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Get prepared this Fire Action Week

October 8 to 14 is Fire Action Week, an opportunity for Greater Shepparton residents to understand their fire risk and get prepared.

“Victoria has already seen significant fires this year and above average conditions are forecast for the upcoming summer,” Manager Citizen Services, Laurienne Winbanks said.

“Council is reminding land owners to ensure long grass on their property is dealt with now leading into the summer fire danger period.”

“Everyone needs to be aware of their responsibilities to maintain their properties, particularly those in areas where grass fires can quickly take hold. Owners should cut back or reduce fine fuels including long or excessive grass and weeds and continue to maintain their properties throughout the year. In rural areas, creating and maintaining fire breaks will assist in reducing the intensity of a fire if it occurred, as fine fuels are responsible for the major increase in fire intensity and spread” she said.

“Fire Action Week is the best time to understand your fire risk and get prepared. Talk to your family or household today about what you can do to prepare for the upcoming summer and how you plan to stay safe,” said Ms Winbanks.

For more information on understanding the risk where you live, visit

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