The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has declared an end to the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period in the Lower Hunter area.
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From Monday 1 April, fire permits will no longer be required for the Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog and Maitland Local Government Areas.
NSW RFS Superintendent Martin Siemsen said all members of the public must still abide by the law when conducting hazard reduction burns.
“Even though a fire permit is no longer a requirement, residents must still notify their neighbours and the local fire authority 24 hours before burning,” Superintendent Siemsen said.
“People should also check whether they need a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate, and have sufficient equipment to control and contain the fire to their property.
Superintendent Siemsen said landholders are encouraged to proactively reduce fuel loads on their property while ensuring burns are conducted safely and legally.
“Every landholder has a responsibility to prevent fire from spreading from their property and there can be serious consequences for people who light fires and leave them unattended.
Superintendent Siemsen said the local community should not become complacent to the danger of bush fire now that the danger period is officially over.
“I urge all residents to take the threat of bush fire seriously and prepare their families and homes now,” Superintendent Siemsen said.
“Your local fire station or Fire Control Centre can provide advice on how to safely undertake hazard reduction work, and how best to prepare yourself, your property and your family for the next bushfire season.”
To arrange a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate, or a free environmental assessment, contact your local Fire Control Centre.