Katanning residents urged to use ‘circle of safety’ around homes to stop the spread of bushfires

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Spring is an ideal time to get bushfire ready.
Camera IconSpring is an ideal time to get bushfire ready. Credit: Liam Croy / Great Southern Herald

Creating a “circle of safety” around your home or business through the removal of dry scrub, plants and trees is one way you can act now to protect yourself and your neighbours from the threat of bushfires.

With the drier months on the horizon, Katanning residents are being urged to start preparing to protect the community.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services Great Southern Acting Supt Murray Hatton said spring was a good time to reduce the fuels loads around your home or business.

Among a variety of other bushfire-ready preparations, DFES recommends property owners create a 20m “circle of safety” around their home or business.

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Removing rubbish, long dry grass and bark makes it more difficult for bushfires to spread.

Vegetation should be cleared along firebreaks.

“Establishing vegetable patches in and around your house is very good because they don’t burn very well,” Mr Hatton said.

“So we are looking at a range of vegetation aspects that are close to your home and what you can do to modify them in the lead-up to summer.”

Mr Hatton said it was important to prune overhanging trees and plants before summer hit to stop fire jumping to the tree canopy.

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