THE region’s summer fire danger period is officially in full swing.
The period began at 1pm on Monday throughout the Barwon South West region.
Fires can now not be lit in the open without a written permit from the CFA or Municipal Fire Prevention Officer.
Region Four operations officer Steve Cooper said this season had the potential for “catastrophic” grass fires.
“Due to large rain events there is an awful lot of grass about,” he said.
“At this stage it’s not fully cured so we’re not in an extreme danger period but once it does dry out we could have some quite catastrophic grass fires.”
Casterton region fire crews are well prepared for the fire season as the weather warms up.
Mr Cooper said during the season two aerial water bombing aircrafts would be dispatched from Casterton airport at the same time as local volunteer crews are turned out.
“If you configure the flying time from Casterton to most places, the bombers are going to get there before the volunteer brigades,” he said.
Full story in the Casterton News on Wednesday, December 25, 2013.