CREWS are monitoring bush fires to the north and south of Gloucester.
A bush fire on the Glen Rd at Craven had burned 879ha of land according to the Rural Fire Service while another fire near the Thunderbolts Way at Rookhurst has burned out about 270ha.
The RFS (Rural Fire Service) has listed both fires as under control.
Gloucester-Great Lakes RFS superintendent Jim Blackmore said about 10 crews from the region had spent the past two weeks containing small bush fires and monitoring hazard reduction burns.
“They’ve basically been small fires and crews have been keeping them as small as they can,” he said.
“The drought index is high for this time of year and we’re down considerably on expected rainfall.
“Most fires have been wind-driven, but a lot of the winter grasses haven’t cured yet which is helping us contain the fires.”
None of the fires have threatened homes or other property and none are considered suspicious, but superintendent Blackmore did remind land owners conducting hazard reduction burns that they had an obligation to inform others of their intentions.
“If you’re planning a hazard reduction burn please notify your neighbours in the 24 hours prior,” he said.
“Property owners have an obligation to ensure any burn does not escape their land and it’s also a good idea to alert your local Fire Control Centre to what you’re doing.”
Permits for burning off will be required from September 1.