Byfield residents gather at a community meeting to discuss preparations for fire season following Tropical Cyclone Marcia's fury in February.
Byfield residents gather at a community meeting to discuss preparations for fire season following Tropical Cyclone Marcia's fury in February.

Could take five years for Byfield fuel loading to break down

AUTHORITIES say Byfield is "over prepared" this fire season, and that's how they like it.

Today fire authorities and scientists gathered at the Byfield Community Hall to discuss the preparations they were making this fire season, following the impact from Tropical Cyclone Marcia.

The meeting was attended by a small crowd but many were keen to have their input.

Canberra-based retired scientist Jim Gould flew to the region earlier this year to give his expert opinion into the fuel loading situation in several parts of the Byfield region.

He told the Morning Bulletin it could take up to five years or more for ground fuel loading to disintegrate in the cyclone ravaged parts of Byfield.

Authorities also advised residents to burn their piles of debris (with permission) in smaller rather than bigger stacks.

See Monday's Morning Bulletin for more on preparations in this region.



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