The RFS have released a statement advising that an additional 21 areas will begin the bush fire season today due to local conditions.
NSW Commissioner Rob Rogers said the NSW RFS had declared areas will commence the Bush Fire Danger Period from Tuesday 1 September 2020 – bringing the number of local government areas in bush fire season to 27.
‘Increased grass growth due to recent rain could prove problematic over coming weeks and months, particularly in these areas starting their danger period,’ said Commissioner Rogers.
‘Landholders and firefighters have reported increased grass growth, particularly west of the divide. Once dry and cured this will bring an unwelcome threat of grass fires.’
The statutory Bush Fire Danger Period in NSW commences on 1 October each year, but is adjusted based on local conditions.
Lighting a fire requires a permit
Anyone wishing to light a fire during the Bush Fire Danger Period must obtain a permit from their local fire authority.
‘Permits, which are free to obtain, ensure that fire is used safely and to minimise the danger to landholders, their property and the community,’ said Commissioner Rogers.
‘While hazard reductions burns are an important part of preparations, landholders need to be extremely careful.
‘Never leave a fire unattended and if a fire does escape, make sure you call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that emergency services can respond and minimise the damage.’
Commissioner Rogers also urged homeowners to prepare for the fire season, noting that we cannot be complacent this season despite the Bureau forecasting a wet start to the fire season.
‘Update your bush fire survival plan and have the conversation with your family about what you will do during a fire – including where you’ll go, what you’ll take and what you’ll do with animals.
The 21 Local Government Areas commencing their Bush Fire Danger Period 1 September 2019:
- Port Macquarie-Hastings
- Clarence Valley
- Tweed Nambucca
- Coffs Harbour
- Richmond Valley
- Liverpool Plains
- Upper Hunter
- Bega Valley