Hotspots Fire Project - Workshop Two Delivered

Day two of the Hotspots Fire Project Orara Valley Workshop was attended by rural landholders from the Nana Glen area, representatives from the Nana Glen Bush Fire Brigade and a range of State and Local Government staff with an interest in sustainable fire management.

Landholders discussed aspects of their completed property fire management plans which they prepared during day one and undertook a risk assessment exercise similar to that conducted by fire management agencies. Later in the day, objectives of a burn were discussed including the planning and notification requirements. Unfortunately, due to recent rain, the conditions were unsuitable to demonstrate the burn however, safeguards to minimise the impacts of a prescribed burn were demonstrated including using a rake hoe to rake back from around trees, logs or built assets. Other activities included measuring the Overall Fuel Hazard Load, how to apply for a Hazard Reduction Certificate and how to calculate the Forest Fire Danger Index.

Glen Locke, Deputy Captain of Nana Glen Rural Fire Service brigade demonstrated the equipment carried on a Category 7 Fire Tanker and how to set up a small fighting pump, hose, fittings and nozzles to utilise available water sources during a wildfire.

The group reflected on the events of 2019, when the area was impacted by the Liberation Fire Trail Fire, its impact on the community and recovery since and into the future.

For more information on the Hotspots Fire Project please go to: http://hotspotsfireproject.org.au/

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