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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
September 24, 2009
Notices for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia
September 2009

SIRFS Continues Hazard Reduction Burning
Friday Evening Sept. 25 from 6pm
The Scotland Island Rural Fire Service is planning to burn the south-east corner of Elizabeth Park this Friday (25 September, 2009) starting at about 6pm.

The burn should last until about midnight.

We had planned to conduct the burn on Sunday, but the forecast is for strong winds during the weekend.

The Elizabeth Park HR burn is an important part of the Rural Fire Service's Bushfire Management Plan for the Island and both the Brigade and Warringah-Pittwater Rural Fire Service Fire Control are concerned that the window to burn this area will soon be closed for the summer and could therefore pose a potential threat to life and property in that vicinity, in the event of a fire.

The Brigade, with the assistance of Fire Control, will be continuing to undertake smaller pile burns in coming weeks, including finishing off the Thompson Street walking track burn, piles on the upper section of Elsie Street and piles in Pathilda Reserve.

I'd like to take this opportunity to remind residents that the Bush Fire Danger Period officially starts on 1 October.

You can continue to undertake your own hazard reduction programs on your blocks. As well as having a Hazard Reduction Certificate issued by WPFCC, you will also need to obtain a Fire Permit, which will be issued by either myself or Senior Deputy Captain Ian White.

It is an offense to burn without a permit.

Get involved with your Precinct coordinator and be prepared for the summer. Check the build-up of leaf litter and other combustible materials around your homes, clean the roof and gutter and make a FireWise plan.

Visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for more information about HR burning during the Bush Fire Danger Period and the FireWise program which will help you prepare for the coming summer.

Thank you
Tim Byrne
Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade
9999 4404

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