Per­mits can­celled

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

■ THE Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice has urged Tweed res­i­dents to avoid light­ing up af­ter a spate of es­caped burns across the re­gion. RFS Far North Coast Su­per­in­ten­dent David Cook said crews from Bil­am­bil and Cud­gen as­sisted Fire and Res­cue in tack­ling a grass fire near Shi­raz Place in Tweed Heads South about 11.40am on Wed­nes­day.

Supt Cook said the fire, which was dif­fi­cult for Fire and Res­cue crews to ac­cess, burnt through three hectares in the area close to homes.

“They were there for about three hours,” Supt Cook said.

He said this fire was be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious and po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

He said RFS crews were also busy with other fires, in­clud­ing one at Cedar Creek west of Uki.

Per­mit sea­son be­gan for the Tweed on September 1, but Supt Cook said most per­mits were now sus­pended un­til the re­gion had enough rain to re­duce the risk of wild­fires.

RFS Far North Coast co-or­di­na­tor In­spec­tor Matt In­wood said fail­ure to com­ply with the per­mit sus­pen­sion could lead to heavy fines and le­gal ac­tion.

Any­one want­ing to un­der­take an ur­gent pri­mary in­dus­tries burn must phone the Far North Coast Fire Con­trol Cen­tre on 02 6671 5500 within busi­ness hours.

Visit rfs.nsw.gov.au for up­dated fire dan­ger in­for­ma­tion.

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