Top End bushfire season is ramping up

Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service (NTFRS) are reminding Territorains to not be complacent as the Top End bushfire season ramps up.

Since the commencement of the Fire Danger Period on 28 June 2021, NTFRS have attended 246 wildfires across the Top End.

“That’s an increase of 50 to 60 more wildfires compared with what we have seen over the last couple of years,” said Assistant Chief Fire Officer Joshua Fischer.

“The Top End wildfires this year have been fuelled by the high levels of growth following that increased rainfall we experienced through the wet season. This growth presents a significant challenge for landowners and firefighters because fires can easily start and move quickly, often catching people off guard.

“In the past two weeks, firefighters have attended to numerous large wildfires in the Darwin and Palmerston regions. It took two days for the McMillians Road wildfire to be fully contained and made safe.

“Fire weather conditions will worsen through August and it’s important that property owners have a bushfire survival plan in place and it’s up-to-date,” said Mr Fischer.

“There is still opportunity for property owners to do basic tasks to keep their property maintained, like keeping their lawns cut and clearing any overhanging trees or leaf litter.

This Top End dry season, fire officers have been inspecting rural properties within the greater Darwin Emergency Response Area and have already issued approximately 200 notices to landowners who have not been compliant for maintaining firebreaks or accumulation of flammable material.

“As of result of those notices, 20 infringements have been issued to landowners. It’s important for people to realise that they’re not only putting their lives and the lives of their loved ones at risk, there also putting our community and firefighters at risk.

“Landowners or occupiers can visit the NTPFES website for more information on preparing your property for the bushfire season, or better yet, speak with the local volunteers in your area. They know the risks in the area and they’re a great asset to our community,” said Mr Fischer.

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