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Couldn't agree more, I said something earlier very similar, driving around this wide country I often see homes that you know will go off in a close bushfire, there is one memorable one around here that is under gum trees and the gutters are backed up over the roof for several metres with dead leaves, a disaster waiting to happen, not an uncommon site out on the road.Late response to this thread I guess. A lot of burning does take place quite close to town. Yes, sooking about smoke, ash and smell occasionally occurs. I've been lucky enough to be involved with a couple of burnoffs on properties now. It gives you huge respect for fire.
The breaks that are required to law up here now look too small to me... apparently they are more lax in NSW and VIC????
I saw a post on social media from one of our members saying "dont blame the greenies, blame people who build too close to the bush and not enough resources for the firefighters"
I personally think people should be able to live in the bush but we need to be realistic about fire beaks, firefighting equipment and fuel management. The firefighters already have their hands full so I agree more needs to be done. Here the onus is on the landowner to some extent. I see the same people not looking after their stuff year on year, ignoring recommendations from the local firies.
When it inevitably catches fire each year the firies still give up their time and risk themselves to put it out. Even when the same ignoramus builds walls out of old tyres and doesnt even have a jinker trailer or do any slashing...