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Whilst the use of indoor fires for heating or cooking is far from our minds, some still use this method periodically throughout the summer months. With grass drying out the dumping of ashes has a high potential of starting a fire. Follow the steps below so this wont happen to you.
👉Call 000 immediately to report a fire
👉For more information, contact the Monaro District Fire Control Centre on ph.6455 0455
👉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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Whilst the use of indoor fires for heating or cooking is far from our minds, some still use this method periodically throughout the summer months. With grass drying out the dumping of ashes has a high potential of starting a fire. Follow the steps below so this wont happen to you.
👉Call 000 immediately to report a fire
👉For more information, contact the Monaro District Fire Control Centre on ph.6455 0455
👉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

Do not let this happen to you
• How dry is the grass where you are about to carry out hot works?
• Do you have a fire extinguisher with you? You must have a 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
• Whilst carrying out hot works we recommend you have ready access to a farm firefighting unit with ample water to extinguish any fire outbreaks. Have someone as an observer to watch for any sparks entering the dry grass.
• Consider carrying out hot works in early morning, avoid afternoons when the humidity is at its lowest
• Avoid working on hot, dry, windy days
• General-purpose welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting works or any other work that is likely to generate sparks cannot be carried out in the open on Total Fire Ban days
• 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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Do not let this happen to you
• How dry is the grass where you are about to carry out hot works?
• Do you have a fire extinguisher with you?  You must have a 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
• Whilst carrying out hot works we recommend you have ready access to a farm firefighting unit with ample water to extinguish any fire outbreaks. Have someone as an observer to watch for any sparks entering the dry grass.
• Consider carrying out hot works in early morning, avoid afternoons when the humidity is at its lowest
• Avoid working on hot, dry, windy days
• General-purpose welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting works or any other work that is likely to generate sparks cannot be carried out in the open on Total Fire Ban days
• 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

Do not let this happen to you
• How dry is the grass where you are about to carry out hot works?
• Do you have a fire extinguisher with you? You must have a 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
• Whilst carrying out hot works we also recommend you have ready access to a farm firefighting unit with ample water to extinguish any fire outbreaks. Have someone as an observer to watch for any sparks entering the dry grass.
• Consider carrying out hot works in early morning, avoid afternoons when the humidity is at its lowest
• Avoid working on hot, dry, windy days
• General-purpose welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting works or any other work that is likely to generate sparks cannot be carried out in the open on Total Fire Ban days
• 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
... See MoreSee Less

Do not let this happen to you
• How dry is the grass where you are about to carry out hot works?
• Do you have a fire extinguisher with you?  You must have a 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
• Whilst carrying out hot works we also recommend you have ready access to a farm firefighting unit with ample water to extinguish any fire outbreaks. Have someone as an observer to watch for any sparks entering the dry grass.
• Consider carrying out hot works in early morning, avoid afternoons when the humidity is at its lowest
• Avoid working on hot, dry, windy days
• General-purpose welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting works or any other work that is likely to generate sparks cannot be carried out in the open on Total Fire Ban days
• 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

This afternoon the Monaro has received significant storms which bought with it lightning. Fortunately these storms did have associated rain. We encourage all land owners to be vigilant with inspecting their properties for any fire or smouldering material when it is safe to do so.
These fires can smoulder for days or even longer before being detected, so you may need to observe the area for possibly weeks. For any fires please call 000
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This afternoon the Monaro has received significant storms which bought with it lightning. Fortunately these storms did have associated rain. We encourage all land owners to be vigilant with inspecting their properties for any fire or smouldering material when it is safe to do so. 
These fires can smoulder for days or even longer before being  detected, so you may need to observe the area for possibly weeks. For any fires please call 000

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The rain didn’t last long

Just recently Cooma and Berridale Rural Fire Brigades attended 2 seperate grass fires started by ride on lawn mowers, these fires were quickly extinguished. Both mowers were undamaged suggesting they possibility hit a rock, fencing wire or other obstacle hidden in the grass.
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
... See MoreSee Less

Just recently Cooma and Berridale Rural Fire Brigades attended 2 seperate grass fires started by ride on lawn mowers, these fires were quickly extinguished. Both mowers were undamaged suggesting they possibility hit a rock, fencing wire or other obstacle hidden in the grass.
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.au

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Or 100, 000 I want to see droving horses, and brumbies ANYWHERE in our AUSTRALIA grazing either side of the highway= Like I did as a child. Seeing horses DROVING Cattle or Sheep was a highlight and is in my thoughts Those were the best days 1960s 1970s Victoria & New South Wales The Land of the GOLDEN FLEECE. And everyone in our street attended the local churches

thatis agood pic ture from Monaro Team Rural Fire Service

geezus that could burn ya butt

We ALL NEED A BRUMBY on our properties and in National Parks to reduce our fire risk 🐴🐴🐴🐴🐴=🚫🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🚫

Time to revisit the grass curing guide that we posted last January >>>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

Time to revisit the grass curing guide that we posted last January >>>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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Just asking when the new fire danger signs may be erected in our own district. Hopefully before this fire season ends as other districts have had them in place for months??

I get that you maybe asked to assess vacant land, not attended to by owners but farmers are on-site everyday assessing their crops, so not sure why your post is micro managing them and not focusing on the vacant landowners...maybe also get Council and RMS to slash the side of the roads again back to boundary fence lines. Motorists need to stop throwing rubbish out of their cars, glass on roadsides is the cause of alot of grass fires

LAST CHANCE - this is your chance to have your say on bush fire risk in the Snowy Monaro Council Area. Fire agencies and land managers want to know your views on what’s important to
protect in our community.
Survey ends this Friday 16th Dec 2022Snowy Monaro - Managing Bush Fire Risk
Bush fires can affect our homes, livelihoods and communities with devastating consequences. Fire agencies and land managers are working to develop a new Bush Fire Risk Management Plan for the Snowy Monaro Council area, and we're seeking your views on whats important to protect. We encourage you to take 5 minutes to complete this survey, follow this link

www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/managing-bush-fire-risk/bush-fire-management-committees/snowy...
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LAST CHANCE - this is your chance to have your say on bush fire risk in the Snowy Monaro Council Area. Fire agencies and land managers want to know your views on what’s important to
protect in our community.
Survey ends this Friday 16th Dec 2022

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We need the council to do More about overgrowth. There’s no escaping a bushfire with such long grass either side of narrows roads (like Snowy River Way).

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