The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has declared an early start to the Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) in the Great Lakes area due predicted to hot and dry conditions.
NSW RFS Superintendent Jim Blackmore said the BFDP will commence on Monday 1 September, meaning residents will need to obtain a permit before conducting burns.
“While it is important to continue hazard reduction we have all seen the devastation that bush fires can inflict on a community, so I strongly urge people to exercise extreme caution when carrying out these activities,” Superintendent Blackmore said.
“Residents can ask their local Fire Control Centre for assistance in carrying out safe hazard reductions and for advice about whether they need a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate.
On days of Total Fire Ban, all fire permits and Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificates are automatically suspended.
“With summer conditions becoming more conducive to the spread of fire, people need to be extremely careful when using fire,” Superintendent Blackmore said.
“Never leave a fire unattended and if a fire does escape, it is essential to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.”
Superintendent Blackmore said now is the time for residents to prepare their home for bush fire and to complete or update their Bush Fire Survival Plan.
Residents should remove flammable materials from their yards, clearing gutters of leaves, checking hoses and, where appropriate, conducting hazard reduction activities.
For more information go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.