Bush fire danger period commences from October

October 10, 2008

NSW Rural Fire Service Namoi/Gwydir Team has declared the start to the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP).

From October 1 any person wishing to light a fire in the Moree Plains Shire Council, Narrabri Shire Council, and Gwydir Shire Council areas will require a permit. During a Total Fire Ban however, no fires of any kind may be lit even if you hold a permit.

"Commencement of the Bush Fire Danger Period does not prohibit landholders from burning. In fact, we continue to encourage properly prepared and managed hazard reductions. It does mean however, that permits will be required for lighting fires, said Team Manager Superintendent Michael Brooks.

"Fire permits are free and can be obtained from your local fire station or fire control centre. For more information contact the Bingara Fire Control Centre on 6724 1911.

"As temperatures get warmer we also ask people to be careful when using fire. The current conditions across most of NSW mean that fires are more likely to develop into bush fires, threaten life, property and the environment.

"It is an offence to allow a fire to escape from your property and it is your responsibility to ensure that fires are not left unattended.

"We strongly advise residents to contact their local brigade and use their expertise to assist in carrying out safe and successful hazard reductions.

"If the fire does escape, it is essential that the landowner call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that emergency services can respond accordingly and minimise the damage," said Superintendent Michael Brooks.

The RFS has a number of informative publications available to residents.