Bush­fire Be­ware

GET PRE­PARED NOW. THE FIRE SEA­SON STARTS OC­TO­BER 1 ❱❱

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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.

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