Be aware of per­mit burns in lo­cal area

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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.

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