The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) is reminding residents within the local Government areas of Carrathool, Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Murrumbidgee and Narrandera to practice safe burning methods in the lead up to the official start of the Bush Fire Danger Period, 1st of October 2017.
NSWRFS Superintendent Kevin Adams said "there has been a recent increase in the number of fires started by burning off, as the majority of these fires are not being supervised once they are lite". While permits are not required at this time of the year, the persons conducting the burns are still required to notify the Fire Control Centre.
Since the start of September, there have been a number of burn offs that RFS Volunteers have been called to. Not only is this becoming frustrating for our volunteer firefighters, but neighboring properties owners could find themselves under threat.
"We're unfortunately seeing some careless behavior among people burning off. We urge everyone to take extra care and precautions when conducting agricultural burns". Superintendent Adams said.
The Bush Fire Danger Period commences on of the 1st of October 2017 Fire Permits will be required, the burning of any timber will not be permitted during the Bush Fire Danger period. Superintendent Adams would like to remind all persons who are undertaking burns to have adequate firefighting equipment on hand for the control of any outbreaks.
It is vital to check the weather conditions on the day of burning, and also for the days after, to ensure that conditions are favorable. When burning please be considerate and manage your smoke, not allowing it to become a hazard (impacting roadways etc).
As a requirement prior to burning off, you must notify your neighbor's and the MIA District Fire Control Centre on 02 6966 7800.
Allowing a burn to escape your property, onto neighboring properties, roadway, railway, canal etc is an offence and penalties may apply.
NSWRFS officers are available to provide advice on how to best conduct a burn or protect a property in and out of the fire season. For further information, call the MIA District Fire Control Centre.