The official bushfire danger period in southern NSW will start two weeks early.
The Southern Border Team NSW Rural Fire Service announced on Monday it would commence the Bushfire Danger Period two weeks ahead of schedule due to the unseasonably dry conditions.
October 16 marks the start of the statutory Bushfire Danger Period for the Berrigan, Federation, Albury City and Greater Hume local government areas.
Anyone wishing to light a fire during the danger period must obtain a permit from www.preventbushfires.com.au or their local permit issue officer or fire control centre.
‘‘Permits ensure that fire is used safely and to minimise danger to landholders, their property and the community,’’ inspector Craig Warwick said.
‘‘While hazard reductions are important part of preparations, landholders need to be extremely careful as warmer conditions mean fire can spread quickly and suddenly.
‘‘Never leave a fire unattended and, if a fire does escape, make sure you call triple zero (000) immediately so that emergency services can respond and minimise the damage.’’
Insp Warwick urged home owners to prepare for the upcoming fire season, saying warmer than average temperatures and below average rainfall are forecasted for the coming months.
‘‘The last couple of weeks have seen a hint of the conditions for the coming season with a number of brigades responding to bush/grassfires across the Southern Border Team,’’ he said.
‘‘With the onset of hotter and drier months, conditions will become more conducive to spread of fire. People need to be extremely careful when lighting and maintaining fire.
‘‘If a fire leaves your property, the landowner is liable for any damages.
‘‘The 2017-18 bushfire season has increased potential for fire activity due to the above normal rainfall and increased grass growth experienced across most of NSW over recent months.’’
Insp Warwick is also encouraging residents to have a bushfire survival plan, so all members of the household know what to do on days of increased fire danger, and if their home is threatened by fire.
●For more information, phone the Southern Border Team office on (02) 6051 1511 or visit: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au