The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is reminding Southern Border in Albury, Greater Hume, Berrigan and Federation residents that fire permits are required during the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period.
“From now until the end of the Bush Fire Danger Period, people wishing to light a fire in the open will require a permit, which are free and can be obtained from your local fire station or Fire Control Centre,” District Officer John Osmond said.
“The fire season is still occurring, we will issuing permits for burning in agricultural areas with the following conditions;
No Timber piles (until winter).
Canola windrows from 1200hrs midday.
Stubble and Grass from 16:00hrs daily.
3m ploughed or fuel free breaks.
2 fire units on site at a time.
No Permit; No Burn.
Notify neighbours 24hrs in advance.
“We urge all residents in the Southern Border area to be vigilant and extremely careful with fire during the Bush Fire Danger Period,” Mr Osmond said.
“There will come a time further into March and April where we will consider the lifting of the official bush fire danger period, but at the moment our volunteer crews could do with a few more weeks of rest, with less fire in the landscape.
“Unfortunately, when we lift the fire danger period we also see a large number of escapes due to complacency, two years ago we had more than 21 fires start from escaped pile burns on the 12th of April.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank people for their commitment to reducing new fires this summer,” Mr Osmond said.
Landholders can visit www.preventbushfires.com.au to apply for a permit on line, or contact your local brigade permit officer at your local Rural Fire Service Brigade.