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2017/18 South­ern Bor­der Team Bush Fire Dan­ger Pe­riod

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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

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