Early start to NSW fire dan­ger pe­riod

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

The of­fi­cial bush­fire dan­ger pe­riod in south­ern NSW will start two weeks early.

The South­ern Bor­der Team NSW Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice an­nounced on Mon­day it would com­mence the Bush­fire Dan­ger Pe­riod two weeks ahead of sched­ule due to the un­sea­son­ably dry con­di­tions.

Oc­to­ber 16 marks the start of the statu­tory Bush­fire Dan­ger Pe­riod for the Ber­ri­gan, Fed­er­a­tion, Albury City and Greater Hume lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

Any­one wish­ing to light a fire dur­ing the dan­ger pe­riod 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 be 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) im­me­di­ately so that emer­gency ser­vices can re­spond and min­imise the dam­age.’’

Insp War­wick urged home own­ers to pre­pare for the up­com­ing fire sea­son, say­ing warmer than av­er­age tem­per­a­tures and below av­er­age rain­fall are fore­casted for the com­ing months.

‘‘The last cou­ple of weeks have seen a hint of the con­di­tions for the com­ing sea­son with a num­ber of brigades re­spond­ing to bush/grass­fires across the South­ern Bor­der Team,’’ he said.

‘‘With the on­set of hot­ter and drier 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.

‘‘The 2017-18 bush­fire 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.’’

Insp War­wick is also en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to have a bush­fire 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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone the South­ern Bor­der Team of­fice on (02) 6051 1511 or visit: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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