Australia — The statutory bush fire danger period for NSW ends tomorrow (Tuesday), meaning fire permits will no longer be required in Guyra, Armidale/Dumaresq, Uralla and Walcha local government areas. The RFS has stressed, however, that care should be taken when using fire and property owners must still adhere to the law regarding fire.
Community safety officer, Inspector Ivan Perkins, said people wishing to burn must notify neighbouring land owners, fire authorities and land management authorities 24 hours prior to burning.
Land owners need to ensure that the fire can be safely contained on their property to minimise escapes and damages to property and the environment, he said.
Penalties still apply for failing to notify neighbours that you are lighting a fire and for allowing fires to escape.
Insp Perkins said the RFS encouraged landowners to think about the impact of fire on their property.
A number of services are available to land owners, such as advice on property preparedness and the approval and implementation of some hazard reduction works (contact the New England Fire Control Centre on 6771-2400).
Insp Perkins said the fire season in the New England zone has been relatively quiet for the volunteer firefighters who attended just over 160 triple zero calls.
By far the biggest commitment was our Victorian deployment and our thanks goes to the volunteers and their employers for their support to Victoria and all the fires this season, he said.