Fire permits continue to be suspended for the far north coast area owing to ongoing dry conditions and fire activity across the area. Sugarcane growers and essential agriculture activities where fire needs to be used can still burn with a current fire permit.
Inspector Corey Philip said, ‘the fire permits suspension will remain in place until 5pm Tuesday 2October when we will review weather conditions’.
‘Latest weather forecasts indicate continuing dry weather with the chance of 1–5mm of rain on Saturday 29 September or Sunday 30 September.
‘The drought factor continues to rise daily across all areas; we have the highest drought index in the state,’ said Inspector Philip.
‘Landowners need to understand that we need to limit fire activities with these dry conditions, so your pile burns can wait until conditions improve.
‘These decisions are never made lightly. Our over-riding concern is the safety of all residents in the far north coast area and we have acted accordingly by suspension of permits.
‘Since weather conditions remain conducive to bushfires, we urge all residents to have a bushfire survival plan and now is certainly not the time for anybody to become complacent about the risk of bushfires.
‘Residents should have already prepared their bushfire survival plan, and keep it in an easily accessible place until conditions ease,’ said Inspector Philip.
Further information on fire permits, current fire danger ratings and more fire safety advice can be found at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au – or contact your local RFS brigade.