Bush fire dan­ger pe­riod de­clared over

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The NSW Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice (NSW RFS) has de­clared an end to the statu­tory Bush Fire Dan­ger Pe­riod in the South­ern Bor­der Team area from mid­night March 31, 2018.

Fire per­mits will no longer be re­quired for the Fed­er­a­tion Counc­cil area along with Ber­ri­gan, Greater Hume and Al­bury Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ar­eas.

NSW RFS In­spec­tor An­drew Gray said all mem­bers of the pub­lic must still abide by the law when con­duct­ing haz­ard re­duc­tion or pile burns. Lo­cal Res­i­dents should also re­fer to their Lo­cal Coun­cil reg­u­la­tions in re­gards to burn­ing.

“Even though a fire per­mit is no longer a re­quire­ment, res­i­dents must still no­tify their neigh­bours and the lo­cal fire author­ity 24 hours be­fore burn­ing,” In­spec­tor Gray said.

“Peo­ple should also check whether they need a Bush Fire Haz­ard Re­duc­tion Cer­tifi­cate, and have suf­fi­cient equip­ment to con­trol and con­tain the fire to their prop­erty.

“De­spite these milder con­di­tions, there is al­ways the po­ten­tial for fires to threaten life, prop­erty and the en­vi­ron­ment, if not man­aged cor­rectly. If un­der­tak­ing pile burns res­i­dents can re­fer to the RFS Stan­dards for Pile Burn­ing on the RFS web­site.”

In­spec­tor Gray said the lo­cal com­mu­nity should not be­come com­pla­cent to the dan­ger of bush fire now that the dan­ger pe­riod is of­fi­cially over.

“I urge all res­i­dents to take the threat of bush fire se­ri­ously and pre­pare their fam­i­lies and home now,” he said.

“Your lo­cal fire sta­tion or Fire Con­trol Cen­tre can pro­vide ad­vice on how to safely un­der­take haz­ard re­duc­tion work, and how best to pre­pare your­self, your prop­erty and your fam­ily for the next bush fire sea­son.”

To ar­range a Bush Fire Haz­ard Re­duc­tion Cer­tifi­cate, or a free en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment, con­tact your lo­cal Fire Con­trol Cen­tre.

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