The New South Wales Rural Fire Service will soon declare an end to the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period in the South West Slopes Zone due to easing conditions.
From April 1, 2019, fire permits will no longer be required to light fires in the Young, Cootamundra, Boorowa, Harden and Gundagai Local Government Areas.
New South Wales Rural Fire Service District Manager Superintendent Andrew Dillon said all members of the public must still abide by the law when conducting 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 Dillon 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 Dillon has also warned that despite the cooling temperatures there is still the potential for fires to become out of control and endanger people and property.
“Despite these milder conditions, there is always the potential for fires to threaten life, property and the environment, if not managed correctly.
Superintendent Dillon said the local community should not become complacent to the danger of bushfire 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 home now,” Superintendent Dillon 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.”
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