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CIVIL DEFENCE and emergency management
boss Murray Sinclair has a message for rural dis-
tricts and the city: Don't do something that can
cause a fire.''
Property owners could be slapped with a sur-
prise'' bill for a callout on top of what they had
already lost, he said.
If we need to put out a fire, whether it is
because someone has been careless or not, the
costs can be significant.
People may not be aware that if they cause a
fire that fire services need to respond to, the costs
for putting it out may be on-charged to them.''
Care and responsibility was required, both in
rural areas and the city, he said.
Of particular concern are reckless use of fire-
works, lawn-mowing on hot, windy days, using
power tools that spark, and discarding cigarettes
without extinguishing them fully.''
Private property owners could reduce fire
hazards over summer by ensuring their properties
were well maintained, Mr Sinclair said.
Long grass and dense vegetation are not
hazards in themselves, but once a spark is
generated they can become a risk.''
Residents with concerns about fire hazards can
call the council on 941 8999 or 0800 7464 2372.
GIVE ME A BREAK: Bells Rd
resident Jerry Larason points
to one of the cracks that have
appeared in his house
following a loud explosion at
the West Melton Rifle Range
31G2 years ago.
Army under fire over
dangers from range
By ANNA PRICE
JERRY LARASON quit his
home in Boston, Massachus-
setts, to escape escalating drive-
by shootings, to start a new life
in a secluded West Melton eyrie
-- a mere two kilometres from
the army firing range.
It's one thing to have your
windows rattled, another thing
to do stupid things,'' he said.
He believes the army should
face charges for its part in a
large scrub fire last week, which
forced the evacuation of five pri-
vate properties and the West
If we lit fireworks on our land
in high risk conditions and set
the place on fire that spread to a
neighbour's property, we would
be facing charges.''
Fire crews and army person-
nel worked through the after-
noon to control the blaze.
Mr Larason, founder of action
group Rein in the Range, is cyni-
cal of an army internal inquiry.
This is definitely fox-in-the-
The sign said Rifle Range --
then they did little add-ons. It's
an explosives range.
All munitions advance in
time and there's more bang to
It ends up louder because
they've got more pop.''
Mr Larason was waiting for
responses from Rein in the
There is enough dissatis-
faction to deal with this.''
Over the last few years, noise
levels from continual booms and
the fire risk that went with them
had been a major irritation to
the community, he said.
It would be rare if firing a
rifle would cause a fire.
Everyone agrees the noise is
now measurably and disturb-
ingly higher than it was.
That varies with weather and
wind conditions. It was once just
rifle training, and the small
crackling in background -- that's
kinda cool. But this boom, the
cat's eyes open wide.''
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