Paddock burn-off warning

April 21, 2017

The Rural Fire Service is warning land owners to conduct paddock permit burn-offs responsibly.

Superintendent Patrick Westwood of the RFS Southern Border team is urging land owners to consider neighbours when burning off stubble.

‘‘I’m extremely disappointed to see the lack of common courtesy and people failing to notify neighbours,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s in accordance with the Rural Fire Act 1997 and heavy infringements can apply to those doing the wrong thing.’’

Property owners should be warning their neighbours 24 hours prior to burning, to give them a chance to move stock if need be.

‘‘We will be issuing fines to those doing the wrong thing,’’ Supt Westwood said.

‘‘Land owners also need to be choosing appropriate days to burn off.

‘‘It’s our volunteers that are giving up their time, work and family time to protect communities and we expect landholders to handle their fire more responsibly and avoid escapes.

‘‘This was seen on Monday (last week) when there were winds of up to 50 kilometres an hour and people could have waited (to burn-off).’’

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