Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Firies re­spond to un­ex­pected blaze

- Fires · Disasters · Incidents · Deniliquin

Fire­fight­ers from three dif­fer­ent NSW Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice brigades ex­tin­guished a blaze at a Deniliquin prop­erty on Sun­day which senior of­fi­cers al­lege was lit with­out the nec­es­sary per­mis­sion.

The Mid-Mur­ray RFS says it did not have a per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion on file for the Lin­dif­feron Rd prop­erty’s burn.

Fire­fight­ers from the Deniliquin, Wan­dook and Bir­gan­bigil brigades were no­ti­fied of a fire in the area about 12.23pm and it took them al­most two hours to fully ex­tin­guish the flames.

The fire had burned about 10 hectares of land.

RFS In­spec­tor Doug Adam­son said the fire was lit just four days af­ter the start of the Bush Fire Dan­ger Pe­riod in the Mid-Mur­ray zone.

‘‘Any­body wish­ing to light a fire on their prop­erty dur­ing the Bush Fire Dan­ger Pe­riod will re­quire a per­mit from their lo­cal brigade or Fire Con­trol Cen­tre,’’ Insp Adam­son said.

‘‘Peo­ple burn­ing with a fire per­mit must com­ply with stan­dard per­mit con­di­tions. How­ever, even with a per­mit you need to check whether a To­tal Fire Ban is in force be­fore light­ing any fires.’’ Con­di­tions in­clude:

● No­ti­fy­ing your neigh­bours at least 24 hours prior to burn­ing;

● No­ti­fy­ing the RFS via the NO­TIFY por­tal on the RFS Web­site – www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/no­tify — 24 hours prior to burn­ing;

● No­ti­fy­ing your lo­cal brigade cap­tain on each day you burn;

● In­stalling fire breaks and hav­ing fire­fight­ing equip­ment in work­ing or­der on site;

● A re­spon­si­ble per­son must be in at­ten­dance while the fire is alight; and

● Only grass and stub­ble is to be burnt, no tim­ber.

Insp Adam­son said fines in ex­cess of $1000 may ap­ply to non-per­mit­ted burns. He said in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue in re­la­tion to the week­end’s blaze.

For more in­for­ma­tion, or to ap­ply for a per­mit, go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or phone the Mid-Mur­ray Zone of­fice on 5898 4100.

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