Grumpy official ponders fire ban
“Fire risk is the highest between 11am and 5pm, although most of the activities are undertaken around 3pm, when relative humidity is at its lowest and the heat highest, so people need to be very careful of any ignition sources.
“I understand at this time of the year people would want to dispose of their rubbish, but they need to consider that the fire danger is elevated. If they are unsure, they should contact the fire service or hold off until conditions are favourable,” Mr Taylor said.
No action had been taken against those caught burning rubbish without a permit so far because Fire and Emergency preferred to educate people on the dangers of lighting open fires in hot weather.
He warned, however, that insurance companies might not cover any damage that resulted from deliberately lit fires.
The maximum penalty for lighting a fire in open air without a permit during a restricted fire season is two years’ imprisonment and/or a $300,000 fine.