The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) would like to advise local residents that the Bush Fire Danger Period will commence on 1st August in the New England and Northern Tablelands areas.
This includes the following Local Government Areas of Guyra, Glen Innes, Inverell Tenterfield, Armidale, Uralla and Walcha
Anybody wishing to light a fire on their property during the Bush Fire Danger Period will require a Fire Permit from their local fire brigade station or Fire Control Centre from the start of August. As we move into Spring and Summer weather conditions will become more conducive to the spread of grass fires meaning that people need to be extremely careful when using fire.
Even with a Permit you need to check whether a Total Fire Ban or local suspensions are in place before lighting any fires. Anyone who has been issued with a Permit must always monitor the fire and have fire fighting equipment on hand, such as a hose, full knapsack, spray pumper or fire extinguisher in good working order.
It is the responsibility of the Permit Holder to comply with ALL of the conditions on the Permit including notification of their neighbours and appropriate Fire Authorities, at least 24 hours prior to lighting the fire.
The Rural Fire Service is also encouraging residents to have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, so all members of the household know what to do on days of increased fire danger, and if their home is threatened by fire.
“We have all seen the devastation that bush fires can bring to a community, so I strongly urge people to contact their local brigades or Fire Control Centre and use their expertise to assist in preparing for the upcoming bushfire season” said Tim Butcher, Acting Manager for the New England.
Never leave a fire unattended and if a fire does escape, it is essential to call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that emergency services can respond accordingly and minimise the damage.
• For more information contact the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 NSW RFS or visit the public website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au