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Planned Burn near Moama

Planned Burn near Moama

The burn is expected to begin at 11am.

Update 11:45am: The planned burn near Moama will no longer be going ahead.

NSW RFS confirmed this morning crews have called off the burn which will likely be delayed until Spring.

Crews conducted a test burn just after 11am on Wednesday where they found recent rain made the fuel load too wet.

Earlier: The NSW Rural Fire Service is planning a Hazard Reduction near Moama for Wednesday 13 May.

The burn is located in the Horse Shoe Lagoon area south of Berry Street.

Weather permitting, the burn will commence at 11.00am but the area immediately south of the Moama Public School will not be burnt until after 3.00pm.

RFS State Mitigation crews have worked to prepare the area over Monday and Tuesday.

Smoke will be seen across the Echuca-Moama region.

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The NSW RFS stated hazard reduction is just one way of preparing for bush fires – it doesn't remove the threat of fire, and it doesn't remove the need for you and your family to be prepared.

"There are different types of hazard reduction including controlled burning, mechanical clearing like slashing undergrowth, or even reducing the ground fuel by hand."

The following steps are recommended for residents near a planned hazard reduction burn:

- Keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke entering homes
- Keep outdoor furniture under cover to prevent ember burns
- Retract pool covers to prevent ember damage
- Remove washing from clotheslines
- Ensure pets have a protected area
- Vehicles must slow down, keep windows up, turn headlights on
- Sightseers must keep away from burns for their own safety
- If you have asthma or a lung condition, reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice

More information on hazard reduction burns can be found on the NSW RFS website.

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