Australia–– North coast landholders who flout bushfire rules are being warned they face on-the-spot-fines and possible court action.
There’s been an early start to the bushfire danger period in the Clarence and Macleay Valley after a spate of fires escaping from private property.
The Rural Fire Service says permits are now required for hazard reduction burning.
But spokesman Tim Carroll says that doesn’t mean people can’t still burn-off to protect their properties.
“If you light a fire on your property you really need to monitor it, you need to ensure the fire doesn’t get out of control and escape your property and pose a threat to other people’s property.
“People may face on the spot fines or they could face substantial fines through the local court system,” he said.
Mr Carroll says even though Clarence and Macleay Valley locals need fire permits, this is still the best time of the year to protect against the summer bushfire danger.
“We’re asking people to take a break from burning off while conditions are the way they are and to use extreme caution if they do have fire on their property.
“We are seeing an increase in bushfire activity and it’s not too early to start clearing dry fuel from around your house, moving wood piles, clearing gutters, and just be ready for if a fire does occur,” he said.