Monthly Archives: December 2011

Automated fire warning signs

NEW automated fire danger rating signs which will give motorists up to date warnings on fire risk have been switched on.

A trial automated electronic Fire Danger Rating (FDR) sign has been installed in South Gisborne- one of 14 fixed signs placed in high risk areas to display Fire Danger Ratings (FDR), based upon fire weather forecasts.

 

Information is centrally managed by the CFA State Control Centre and uploaded via the internet.

The solar powered sign has a LED message panel will be used on Total Fire Ban or Code Red days and during a local emergency incident.

 

CFA Operations Officer Rohan Luke said the signs have been located in high traffic locations leading to high fire risk locations.

“The automated FDR signs are a great way to make people aware of the Fire Danger Rating in their district,’’ he said.

The new electronic signs will complement more than 300 manual FDR signs that were installed across Victoria in the past year.

The trial emerged following the Black Saturday enquiry and is a State Government initiative managed by CFA on behalf of the Fire Services Commissioner.

Automated FDR signs are being erected in Ferntree Gully, Warrandyte, Warrandyte South, Templestowe, Rosebud, Wodonga, Beveridge, Ballan, Ouyen, Genoa, Moe, Gisborne, Lillimur and Geelong.

 

The fire danger period officially begins in the Macedon Ranges on December 26.

Zero Tolerance To Illegal Burnoffs

Authorities have announced a tough stand against people burning off in the Fire Danger Period.

On Dec 26, fire restrictions came into force which means no burning off without a permit.

The tough stand is aimed at reducing the risk of fire in the area with high grass fuels across the State increasing the risk of fast running grass fires.

Lt Peter Harry says landowners need to be aware of the law and warns that Police will deal with offenders.

“Each year CFA spends a lot of time attending to illegal burnoffs which puts the community at risk”.

For information on the Fire Danger Period, check the CFA website.

Kangaroo Crashes Escalate

An increase in the number of collisions involving kangaroos on our roads is causing concern for emergency services.

A driver had a lucky escape after his car was engulfed in flames following a collision with a kangaroo on Wednesday morning.

The accident happened at 4:45am on the Calder Freeway just north of Station Road New Gisborne. The driver escaped without injury.