2017/18 Southern Border Team Bush Fire Danger Period
9 October 2017
The Southern Border Team NSW Rural Fire service (NSWRFS) today 9 October 2017 announced the Southern Border Team will commence the Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) 2 weeks early due to unseasonably dry conditions.
Monday, 16 October 2017, marks the start of the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period for the Albury City, Greater Hume, Federation, and Berrigan Local Government Areas.
Anyone wishing to light a fire during the BFDP must obtain a permit from www.preventbushfires.com.au or their local Permit Issue Officer or Fire Control Centre.
“Permits ensure that fire is used safely and to minimise danger to landholders, their property and the community”. Inspector Craig Warwick said.
“While hazard reductions are important part of preparations, landholders need to extremely careful as warmer conditions mean fire can spread quickly and suddenly”.
“Never leave a fire unattended and, if a fire does escape, make sure you call Triple Zero (000) immediate so that emergency services can respond and minimise the damage”.
Inspector Warwick urged home owners to prepare for the upcoming fire season, noting warmer than average temperatures and below average rainfall are forecasted for the coming months. “The last couple of weeks we have seen a hint of the conditions for the coming season with a number of brigades responded to bush/grass fires across the Southern Border Team’.
“With the onset of hotter and dryer months’ conditions will become more conducive to spread of fire, people need to be extremely careful when lighting and maintaining fire. If a fire leaves your property, the landowner is liable for any damages” said Inspector Warwick
“The 2017/18 Bush Fire Season has increased potential for fire activity due to the above normal rainfall and increased grass growth experienced across most of NSW over recent months’ said Inspector Warwick
Inspector Warwick is also encouraging local 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.
Never leave a fire unattended and if does escape, it is essential to call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that emergency services can respond accordingly.
For more information, contact the Southern Border Team office on 0260511511 or visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au