There is a high fire danger warning across parts of Australia today, with bushfires burning in several states. Stay safe and keep up to date with the latest developments in your area through emergency services websites, your local radio or online news coverage such as this: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-18/bushfire-threatens-gippsland-towns/4470274
Recent bushfire activity includes:
Gippsland towns. Residents in Glenmaggie in south-eastern Victoria have been warned it is now too late to leave as a fast-moving bushfire bears down on the town.
Also rural NSW and Tasmania. Grants of up to $25k are being provided by the Tassie and Federal Government to help get farmers, businesses and not-for-profits back on their feet after the Tasmanian Fires.
Whilst the Government is willing to help those affected in the event of a fire, a controlled burn would remove fuel and the impact on populations. The cost for removal of fire fuel in a cooler climate would be far less financially traumatic to all.
We the undersigned call for one month of controlled burning, during the month of July, to reduce the risk of naturally occurring intense fires Australia wide, and to mitigate hazards and safety issues placed upon people (including fire, rescue, SES, police and ambulance), property and animals.
The Support Controlled Hazard Reduction Burns petition to EPA was written by Peter Fairhall and is in the category Government at GoPetition.