BUSH fire authorities are predicting are tough season ahead with the annual bush fire danger period beginning this Friday, August 1.
The early introduction of the danger period comes amidst continuing dry conditions across the North Coast and New England regions. It means anyone wanting to light a fire from Friday on will require a permit to do so.
Rural Fire Service superintendent for the Gloucester-Great Lakes area Jim Blackmore said it was essential residents living in the region completed a bush fire survival plan.
Residents should prepare their property by removing flammable materials from their yards, clearing gutters of leaves, checking hoses and where appropriate conducting hazard reduction activities.
“While it is important to continue hazard reduction we have all seen the devastation that bush fires can bring to a community, so I strongly urge people to exercise caution when carrying out these activities,” Superintendent Blackmore said.
“Residents can ask their local fire control centre for assistance in carrying out safe hazard reductions and for advice about whether they need a bush fire hazard reduction certificate.
“With spring and summer conditions becoming more conducive to the spread of fire, people need to be extremely careful when using fire.
“Never leave a fire unattended and if a fire does escape, it is essential to call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that emergency services can respond accordingly and minimise the damage.”
On days of total fire ban all bush fire hazard reduction certificates are automatically revoked.
To check the fire danger ratings for the Gloucester area visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or contact the Gloucester Fire Control Centre on 6558 8800.