BE FIRE READY: John Lindsay and First Officer David Entermann at the Eukey Fire Brigade Shed.
BE FIRE READY: John Lindsay and First Officer David Entermann at the Eukey Fire Brigade Shed. Contributed

Learn how to protect your property from bushfires

HERE is a chance to get practical advice about how to be preventive, proactive and properly prepared for the coming bushfire season and the years ahead.

The Border Landcare Organic Group (BLOG) is organising an event to help rural and town property owners understand fire regimes and how to best protect their property.

Ross Stacey, the Toowoomba regional training and support officer, will be giving the main presentation.

Mr Stacey will focus on how to develop a plan for your property's protection, including how to prepare over days, months and years.

The event will be held at the Eukey Hall, opposite the Eukey fire shed. Members of the Eukey Rural Fire Brigade will give advice, show their fire fighting equipment and talk about their experiences of past fires in the district.

They will also explain why the Granite Belt is particularly prone to bushfires.

This local knowledge is invaluable in understanding fire habits in the area and helpful for residents who are new to the district and may not have had previous experience with preparing for and fighting bushfires.

As David Entermann, Eukey Fire Brigade first officer, said, "There is a lot we know about fire behaviour and ways to reduce the risks in event of a wildfire.

"Vegetation management and choice of landscape planting can be really important.

"The aim is to create an enclave around you, thus reducing the intensity of fire close to your home."

All are welcome at the event, held at the Eukey Hall, 1212 Eukey Rd on Saturday.

The day is free and starts at 10am with morning tea, presentations begin at 10.30am, and will finish by about 1pm with a bring-and-share lunch. Please take a plate to share, your own cup, etc.

More information at http://www.granitenet.com.au/groups/environment/blog.



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