Fire danger season ends early

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has ended the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period in the Mid Lachlan Valley Team area early due to continuing mild weather conditions.
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From Thursday, March 8, fire permits will no longer be required for the Forbes, Lachlan, Parkes and Weddin Local Government Areas.

“Although fire permits are no longer required, property owners must still adhere to the law regarding the use of fire,’’ Superintendent Ken Neville, Team Manager said.

“This requires people to notify neighbouring land owners and land management authorities 24 hours prior to burning, as well as taking appropriate action to ensure containment and control of fire so it doesn’t escape and cause damage.

“Penalties still apply for failing to notify neighbours that you are lighting a fire and for allowing fires to escape,” Supt Neville said.

“Even though the weather is cooling down, there is still the potential for fires to cause damage to life, property and the environment.

“We encourage people to get advice from their local RFS Fire Control Centre on how to safely conduct hazard reduction activities such as slashing, trittering and burning and how to prepare their homes for the next bushfire season,” Superintendent Neville said.

If residents do have to burn they should ask the RFS for advice, permits and approvals:

* Give fire authorities and neighbours 24 hours notice.

* Check weather conditions/Total Fire Bans.

* Delay the burn if concerning winds are forecast.

* Create proper fire breaks.

* Have adequate water resources on hand.

* Supervise the fire at all times.

* Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if fire escapes.

For more information contact Mid Lachlan Valley Team on 6851 1541 or visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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