Be aware of permit burns in local area
Permit burns can now be carried out in the Mid Murray NSW Rural Fire Service zone, which includes the Jerilderie area.
In the Southern Border zone, which includes the Berrigan Shire Local Government Area, permits will not be available until March 1.
Mid Murray Inspector Doug Adamson said the permit burn period opened on February 1, and is already being utilised by some Jerilderie landholders.
He said residents may see smoke as a result of the burns, which if reported can be checked against a list of permitted burns.
He said that is why it is a condition of the permit that all fires be reported before they are started.
‘‘Landholders must have pre- pared their paddocks with fire breaks as part of the conditions of their permit, and must be in regular attendance with firefighting equipment in good working order,’’ Insp Adamson said.
‘‘Landholders also need to advise their neighbours and their local fire control centre of any burn.
‘‘Burns are permitted between 4pm and midnight, and landholders need to be aware of weather conditions (which could impact on the fire).’’
Insp Adamson said in the Mid Murray, landholders are being asked to use the cease harvest index as a guide when planning permit burns.
He said if a cease harvest is in effect, permit burns will not be allowed.
Insp Adamson also urges landholders to carry out any large permit burns in stages, so the fires can be managed accordingly.
Permits may be issued for up to 21 days, and permitted burns must only be conducted on week days, not weekends or public holidays.
The permit holder must fax, phone or e-mail permit details to the Mid Murray Zone Fire Control Office a minimum of 24 hours prior to lighting up — fax 5881 5158, phone 5881 5351 or email midmur[email protected]
Inspector Doug Adamson.