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Today Cooma Rural Fire Brigade were called to a report of mower fire. The fire was quickly contained, unfortunately a ride on mower was destroyed. It's time to revisit the use of machinery in grass.

Can I use machinery in any grass, crop or stubble land? This includes driving vehicles or using machinery such as lawn mowers, whipper snippers, pumps and generators.
General Requirements
Yes, as long as any heated area of the machinery does not come in contact with combustible matter; The machinery is in a good and serviceable condition; The machinery is fitted with a spark arrestor and you have the following prescribed fire safety equipment on site; 16L minimum capacity knapsack spray pump filled with water; or 9L minimum capacity liquid fire extinguisher; or 0.9kg minimum capacity dry powder fire extinguisher.
You should also check with your insurance company to understand your policy and ‘duty of care’ should your machinery cause a fire on a Total Fire Ban day.
Recommendations
• Avoid machinery use in dry grass on hot, dry, windy days
• Consider early morning, avoid afternoons when the humidity is at its lowest
• Permanent pumps and generators should be housed in a clear area
• Call 000 immediately if you start a fire

For more information, contact the Monaro District Fire Control Centre on ph.6455 0455
Or visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/Monaro-Team-Rural-Fire-Service
For current incidents or major fire updates visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
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Today Cooma Rural Fire Brigade were called to a report of mower fire. The fire was quickly contained, unfortunately a ride on mower was destroyed. Its time to revisit the use of machinery in grass. 

Can I use machinery in any grass, crop or stubble land? This includes driving vehicles or using machinery such as lawn mowers, whipper snippers, pumps and generators.
General Requirements
Yes, as long as any heated area of the machinery does not come in contact with combustible matter; The machinery is in a good and serviceable condition; The machinery is fitted with a spark arrestor and you have the following prescribed fire safety equipment on site; 16L minimum capacity knapsack spray pump filled with water; or 9L minimum capacity liquid fire extinguisher; or 0.9kg minimum capacity dry powder fire extinguisher.
You should also check with your insurance company to understand your policy and ‘duty of care’ should your machinery cause a fire on a Total Fire Ban day.
Recommendations
• Avoid machinery use in dry grass on hot, dry, windy days
• Consider early morning, avoid afternoons when the humidity is at its lowest
•    Permanent pumps and generators should be housed in a clear area
• Call 000 immediately if you start a fire

For more information, contact the Monaro District Fire Control Centre on ph.6455 0455
Or visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/Monaro-Team-Rural-Fire-Service
For current incidents or major fire updates visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.auImage attachment

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This is why I don’t mow

What exactly caused the fire?

I'd say also to mow in the afternoon when it's cooler or morning while there may be dew left.

Dave Easman familiar? Haha

Daniel King

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The 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme has been in existance for over 6 years now. Its time to revisit these exemptions and obtain a understanding on what you are to clear in the establishing a APZ (Asset Protection Zone) around your home. Its never to late to start your APZ. Follow the link below to obtain a on line environmental approval for those in a eligible area.
www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/1050-vegetation-clearing
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The 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme has been in existance for over 6 years now. Its time to revisit these exemptions and obtain a understanding on what you are to clear in the establishing a APZ (Asset Protection Zone) around your home. Its never to late to start your APZ. Follow the link below to obtain a on line environmental approval for those in a eligible area.
https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/1050-vegetation-clearing

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Shelley Keatley your place is in it

When it comes to grass we often we are asked to assess a property for its fire danger. This can be confussing given that it looks dry on top and green underneath, not to mention the rain we are currently experiencing. Have a look at this grass curing guide, this may assist you in determining the threat of grass fire on your property ... See MoreSee Less

When it comes to grass we often we are asked to assess a property for its fire danger. This can be confussing given that it looks dry on top and green underneath, not to mention the rain we are currently experiencing. Have a look at this grass curing guide, this may assist you  in determining the threat of grass fire on your property

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Team what can you tell us of the risks posed by African Lovegrass infestation??

Sally Letts Claire Thorpe

Whilst the Monaro is continuing to receive summer rains and the grasslands are still displaying some green, now is a good time to make your final preparations for the bush fire season, follow the steps bellow and establish a APZ (Asset Protection Zone) around your home. It is never to late to be prepared.
www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/prepare-your-property
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Whilst the Monaro is continuing to receive summer rains and the grasslands are still displaying some green,  now is  a good time to make your final preparations for the bush fire season, follow the steps bellow and establish a APZ (Asset Protection Zone) around your home. It is never to late to be prepared.
https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/prepare-your-property

SERIOUS MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT- MONARO HIGHWAY, MICHELAGO. HIGHWAY CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.

Update at 2.30pm Thursday 30/12/21- Emergency Services remain on-scene, and will be for a number of hours ahead. The Highway remains closed in both directions, and the Burra Road has also been closed to ALL traffic. Please don't try to use other back roads, they are not suitable.....we don't want any more motor vehicle accidents. Please just avoid travel between Canberra and Cooma, and be patient until the highway is re-opened.

Emergency Services are currently in attendance at a serious motor vehicle accident, on the Monaro Hwy X Kelly's Road, Michelago.
The accident involves 2 cars, that have crashed head on. The Monaro Hwy is currently closed in both directions. Please avoid the area if possible, otherwise expect delays.
Please utilize the NSW Live Traffic App for ongoing details of the road closure status.
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This accident was caused by a non compliant driver not want to stop for the police and then driving at speed on the wrong side of the road . My thoughts and prays are with the family of the innocent man who died.

Thoughts with all involved and family. I seriously hate this road, yes it needs to be a dual highway or at least have more overtaking lanes. Until then everyone needs to follow road rules.

Live Traffic have now been asked to review their placement and Alert Level as they incorrectly have it as at Williamdale Road intersection in the ACT.

So many serious car accidents here 😞

Police Facebook site just updated. It was a shitbag running from the Police who collided with an innocent motorist and KILLED him.

Another one! Sadly so many accidents on this stretch of road, especially during holidays. 😔

We’ve done well to have no prangs on Bobyan Rd today, the diverted traffic has been incredible!

So many tourists on the roads with caravans, mountain bikes and boats please slow down

I truly hope that everyone involved comes out okay a new start to a new year my prayers and thoughts are with everybody concerned

Take note of what police are saying and stay clear of the area, and don't use back roads unless you live there

Again. Wake up and take care people. That way everyone makes it home safely.

Kellys rd again ! not long since the last fatal accident...how many more lives will be lost on the section of the Monaro Highway ?

They need to upgrade the Burra Road so it is more suitable for a detour. I just saw a shiny black sports car with the top down about to head that way....

Tim Green don’t think you were going back today but just in case!

They got to start letting locals get home

Oh no, not again. I truely hope everyone will be ok

There in too much of a hurry

Any1 lnow wat type of car

Caz Greene

RIP. To the innocent driver of the vehicle hit by a reckless idiot. So very sad for your family.

This sounds like the beginning (not joking here) of the Cannibal Corpse song Shredded humans sans the Gore.

Latika Edwards we're stuck in Canberra for the night hun xx

Amanda Renee Woods Ama

Justin Richardson looks like I'm stuck

Sad news. Is Monaro Highway still close from Cooma to Canberra? Thx

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NEW FIRE FIGHTING APPLIANCES FOR MONARO BRIGADES
The Monaro Team welcomes the new Colinton 7 & Dry Plains 9 fire fighting appliances to the Snowy Monaro.
Dry Plains 9 arrived here yesterday, and Colinton 7 this morning. Both appliances will undertake a quick commissioning process before heading to their brigades. These appliances are replacing existing appliances within these brigades, and are part of an ongoing tanker replacement program, which has already seen over a dozen new appliances go to Brigades within the Snowy Monaro in 2021.
Merry Christmas Colinton & Dry Plains Brigades!
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NEW FIRE FIGHTING APPLIANCES FOR MONARO BRIGADES
The Monaro Team welcomes the new Colinton 7 & Dry Plains 9 fire fighting appliances to the Snowy Monaro.
Dry Plains 9 arrived here yesterday, and Colinton 7 this morning. Both appliances will undertake a quick commissioning process before heading to their brigades. These appliances are replacing existing appliances within these brigades, and are part of an ongoing tanker replacement program, which has already seen over a dozen new appliances go to Brigades within the Snowy Monaro in 2021.
Merry Christmas Colinton & Dry Plains Brigades!Image attachment

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I have appliances at home that are minuscule compared to that but they don't put out fires. Can we maybe call yours something else ? 🙂 Only joking and hope you have a quiet and uneventful season fire wise.

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