A winter burning workshop aimed at residents and owners of special rural blocks will be held to demonstrate safe practices to reduce fuel loads and mitigate the risk of fire in summer.
The workshop will be held at 10am on Saturday, May 19 at Marrinup Reserve on the corner of Marrinup Drive and Commonage Road.
Organised by the City of Busselton, the workshop is part of the Bushfire Ready program operated by the Yallingup Rural Volunteer Bushfire Brigade.
Anyone living on a special rural block in Yallingup, Dunsborough or Busselton is welcome to attend.
The city’s community emergency services manager Blake Moore will be facilitating the workshop, said that the city encouraged residents to take a proactive stance on safely managing fuel loads on their properties.
Mr Moore said this would lead to reduced fire intensity during the fire season and help improve overall community and fire fighter safety.
Brigade captain Matt Muir echoed these words, stating suitable bushfire preparedness was a critical part of the Brigade’s operation.
“We have found over recent years that properties which are well prepared are easier to defend present a less dangerous environment for my firefighters,” he said.
Lead Bushfire Ready facilitator for the Yallingup Rural Brigade Peter Campbell advised that the session would provide attendees with knowledge about how to use winter burning safely.
Mr Campbell said they would be demonstrating the use of tools and techniques which landowners can use, including the use of community’s fire trailer which is available to residents at a modest hire cost.
“The workshop will have a very practical orientation,” he said.
“Under the guidance of senior firefighters and city officers we will not only see how to safely conduct our own burns, but we will also have a first-class opportunity to ask all related questions of the experts who will be on hand.”