FOR the fourth time this week grassfires have been in the news, with a small fire on the Golden Highway yesterday morning being quickly extinguished by emergency fire services.
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While most of these conflagrations have been small and easily snuffed out, the amount of fuel in the countryside around the city and the region is cause of great concern to fire control services.

Just this week a number of fire service volunteers from Sydney and the coast travelled through the area to spend time with Dubbo and Narromine fire service volunteers and pick up some tips on grass fire-fighting.

While the visitors might be skilled in fighting bush fires, they were happy to gather techniques and experience in open grassland fire control.

While we’ve enjoyed two or three fantastic summers of drought-breaking rains, the price is a massive build-up of fuel in our paddocks and forest areas.

All landholders should be taking steps to be prepare for this fire season: whether it be overhauling their firefighting units or tankers, polishing up their skills or undertaking control programs to reduce fuel levels and creating fire breaks.

Members of the Sappa Bulga Water Scheme, a story related on page 5 today, have had many thousands of dollars damage to their water supply, allegedly the actions of a thoughtless vandal.

We cannot emphasise enough to the wider community of the risks and the care that needs to be taken.

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