The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is urging land managers and property owners to carefully consider conditions before burning off this weekend, and to make sure they notify fire agencies and neighbours.
NSW RFS Superintendent John Cullen said escaped fires pose a very real threat to people and property.
“Problems occur when people do not adequately supervise fires, or they underestimate the conditions,” he said.
“Already this month we have seen more than 40 escaped private burns across NSW so residents must consider both the current and forecast weather conditions before lighting up.
“Also, you must notify your neighbours and local fire authority at least 24 hours before starting your burn.
“Given the forecast of warm and windy conditions in areas of the state, it is also vital that landholders only burn off when it is safe to do so.
“Ensure you have adequate and functioning firefighting equipment on hand and follow the rules.”
The Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) has already started in Armidale, Walcha, Uralla, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell and Tenterfield local government areas, meaning landholders must obtain a free fire permit before lighting up.
“Don’t be the fire risk to your community, know your obligations if conducting burns, and know the costs if you do the wrong thing,” said Superintendent Cullen. “Most importantly, if a fire does get out of hand, make sure you report it immediately to triple zero (000).
“A person who lights a fire without the required approvals is guilty of an offence, with penalties including large fines and/or imprisonment.
“Every landholder has a responsibility to prevent fire spreading from their property, and there can be serious consequences for people who light fires and leave them unattended.”
Information about hazard reduction burning and required notifications is available on the NSW RFS website.
To notify of your intent to burn, use the online burn notification tool on the site. Landholders can also notify the NSW RFS and obtain more information by contacting their local Fire Control Centre.