Signs to decrease the risk

UP TO DATE INFO: Myrtleford CFA Captain Gary Gunson is hoping residents and visitors pay attention to the recently installed automated fire danger rating sign.

STATE-of-the-art digital technology is being rolled out to provide up-to-date information on fire risk days in Myrtleford.

The automated fire danger rating (AFDR) sign, on the Great Alpine Road near Matheson Road, is one of 20 new signs to be rolled out across the state as part of the State Government’s $2.86 million investment to make Victoria fire ready.

Myrtleford CFA captain Gary Gunson said the new sign will display the fire danger rating, and will provide the local community and visitors with the latest ratings forecast on how dangerous a fire would be if one started.

“Myrtleford is the entrance to the Ovens Valley and this sign will be particularly useful to inform visitors and campers coming into the area, particularly those heading up Buffalo River way as they are heading into the high country,” he said.

“People need to be aware that the sign doesn’t predict weather, it only predicts what the conditions would be like if a fire started.”

The sign will be automatically updated from the CFA website as conditions change, but Mr Gunson wanted the community to know the information comes from local personnel.

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