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    I leave my dogs in the house and on the verandah. I have thought about fire and it does worry me but I have no other choice. Too many livestock around and my dogs are very athletic and can clear my yard fences easily if they choose so they need to be secure. Living on a farm the distances between neighbours is large. I just make sure most things are unplugged and I have RCDS installed. Other than that I have to hope it never happens. On days of severe fire danger I usually stay at home if I can. I also do a fair bit of work during winter burning and clearing away and reducing fuel loads.

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    The saddest dog fire story I read was about the kennels at pialago in ACT/Canberra. There was a bush fire - the guy who ran the kennels was fighting that - the wind changed and the fire came back towards his home and kennels. They got some dogs out, and some they didn't

    Same sort of thing happened in 2003 in the ACT - the agistment paddocks around the ACT - some horses were saved and some were not. My friend and some of her friends were in a giant dressage shed with her horses and they had been forbidden to get the rest of the horses up... so those ones died. Horrible.

    I'd like to live in the Adelaide hills but unless you're really sure you can fight the fire by yourself (and not all fires are that co-operative) - it's risky. Especially at the wrong end of a drought or series of droughts. So nobody has any water to fight the fires. And every plant and speck of dust is crispy ready to explode.

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    Over here it is encouraged to clear around the house but many choose not to because they like being in the trees. One of my colleagues firmly refuses to clear around his house and his double story house is suspended among the tree tops. Our Perth hills are probably like the Adelaide Hills. I think peoples views change when they have been involved in a bush fire.

    Here by law if you live on a property in my shire we have to have a 3 m minimum bare strip totally cleared surrounding all buildings. That wont cut it in a bad fire. I usually aim for a 10 -20 m and in some areas up to 50 m clear area and clean out gutters etc. I still have trees and shrubs near the house though in the yard and I butt onto my natural bush area and I like to try and clear at least 20 m between me and my bush. I dont think anyone would complain about clearing around a house. Our shire councillers are often farmers and most are volunteer fire fighters as are we all out here if you own land.

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