The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has encouraged Mid Coast residents to take extreme care when conducting burning activities following an unusually high number of fires in the local area.
NSW RFS inspector Guy Duckworth said local brigades have been called to a number of escaped fires in recent weeks such as the loss of a shed and numerous vehicles at Pampoolah on Monday, August 7.
“Current warm, windy and dry conditions mean landowners need to be very careful when attempting any burning.
“Residents and landowners need to take care when using fire and remember it is their responsibility to control the fire so that it doesn’t escape and cause damage.
“When undertaking burning activities, landholders need to notify their neighbors and local fire authorities 24 hours before lighting a fire,” Inspector Duckworth said.
He encouraged residents planning hazard reduction burning to first contact their local fire control centre and check if a fire permit is required.
Inspector Duckworth said all residents should take the current conditions seriously and make sure they have a completed and practiced bush fire survival plan in order to protect their family and property should they be threatened by fire.
“If you are not prepared for the bush fire season then you must act now.
“Everyone should be using this time to prepare their property, which includes clearing gutters and removing fuel from around homes.
“All households should have a well practiced bush fire survival plan so residents know what to do, particularly on days of increased fire danger, because there is no room for complacency when it comes to bush fire safety,” Inspector Duckworth said.
Residents are also reminded that all fire permits are suspended on a day of total fire ban.