With neighbouring regions already in their statutory Bush Fire Danger Period, the Goulburn Mulwaree, Upper Lachlan Shire and Yass Valley Local Government areas will fall into line from 1 October.
NSW Rural Fire Service Superintendent Peter Alley is urging all residents to complete a Bush Fire Survival Plan now, and make sure all members of the household know what to do on days of increased fire danger, or if their home is threatened by fire.
“Residents should prepare their property by removing flammable materials from around their home and assets, keeping lawns mown, clearing gutters of leaves, and checking hoses and pumps are operable,” Superintendent Alley says.
“With much of NSW in drought and a forecast of ongoing warm and dry conditions, there is the potential for a long and protracted bush fire season. That’s why it is so important residents are prepared.”
During the Bush Fire Danger Period, fire permits are required for burning activities. Permits are free and can be obtained by contacting 6226 3100 during business hours. Residents should request a fire permit at least three days in advance.
“People need to be extremely careful if they intend to use fire given the recent and forecast conditions,” Superintendent Alley says.
“Never leave a fire unattended and if a fire does escape, it is essential to call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that Emergency Services can respond effectively to minimise any possible damage.
“On days where the fire danger rating is very high or above, fire permits will be suspended for 24 hours and permit holders will be advised accordingly. On days of total fire ban, no fires are to be lit in the open.”
To check the fire danger rating for your area, seek advice on bush fire preparedness or for any further information, visit the NSW RFS website or call 6226 3100 during business hours.
The bush fire danger period for the Snowy Monaro, Bega Valley and Eurobodalla started earlier this month.
To start your Bush Fire Survival Plan (including downloading the app), visit the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Original Article published by Ian Campbell on About Regional.