Bushfire danger period ends

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) has ended the statutory bushfire danger period in the Far South Coast district following widespread rain over recent days.

From Tuesday April 1, fire permits will no longer be required from the RFS in the Bega Valley or Eurobodalla Local Government Areas.

However, Superintendent John Cullen said everyone must still stay within the law when it comes to using fire for hazard reduction activities.

 “Even though a fire permit from the Rural Fire Service is no longer a requirement, residents must still notify their neighbours and the local fire authority 24 hours before burning,” Superintendent Cullen said.

 “People should also check whether they need a bushfire hazard reduction certificate or any other approvals, and have sufficient equipment to control and contain the fire on their property.

“Residents in urban areas should check with council to see if restrictions apply under Environmental Protection Authority regulations.

“Despite these milder conditions, there is always the potential for fires to threaten life, property and the environment, if not managed correctly.”

Superintendent Cullen said residents on the Far South Coast should take advantage of easing conditions to continue preparing and maintaining their properties for the threat of bushfire.

“The current conditions on the Far South Coast present a good opportunity for landowners and managers to get a head start for the next bushfire season by conducting hazard reduction activities,” he said.

 “Your local fire station or fire control centre can provide advice on how to safely undertake hazard reduction work, and how best to prepare yourself, your property and your family for the next bushfire season.

 “NSWRFS officers can also assist with free environmental assessments and bushfire hazard reduction certificates.

 “The greatest risk for our community is complacency, so I urge all residents to take the threat of bushfire seriously and prepare their families and home now,” Superintendent Cullen said.

For more information contact the Bega Fire Control Centre on 6494 7400 or visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

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