GET PREPARED NOW. THE FIRE SEASON STARTS OCTOBER 1 ❱❱
NEXT Monday will mark the official beginning of this year’s bushfire season in the Local Government Area and with little in the way of moisture so far in 2018, the landscape is beyond tinder-dry.
From that date (Monday, October 1) any person wishing to light a fire in the open will require a Fire Permit, the only exception being small camp fires and cooking fires according to local Rural Fire Service (RFS) boss, Superintendent Lyndon Wieland.
“A Fire Permit is required for burning activities during the Bush Fire Danger Period and helps to ensure fire is used safely, minimising the danger to you, your property, your neighbours and the community,” Supt Wieland said.
“Permits are free and can be obtained from your local permit issuing officer or the Orana Fire Control Centre.
“Conditions during the winter have been unusually dry, resulting in the vegetation and soil moisture levels being extremely low – with the onset of warmer weather, this vegetation is now very volatile and ignitions are occurring very easily,” he said.
The RFS is warning people will need to be extremely careful when using fire.
“If a fire leaves your property, the landholder is liable for any damages,” Supt Wieland said.
“The forecast for the 2018/19 bush fire season is for continuing dry conditions with higher than average temperatures.
“This could see above normal fire activity for the western areas of NSW,” he said.
He’s urging residents to have a completed Bush Fire Survival Plan available so all members of the household know what to do on days of increased fire danger, and if their home is threatened by fire.