Media Release - NSW Rural Fire Service Bush Fire Danger Period

MEDIA RELEASE
Bush Fire Danger Period comes to an end in Chifley/Lithgow Team
20 March 2017

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) advises an end to the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) within the Chifley/Lithgow Team area.

From Friday 1st April 2017, fire permits will no longer be required for the Bathurst, Oberon and Lithgow Local Government Areas for standard pile burns and agricultural burns.

NSW RFS Superintendent Greg Sim said all members of the public must still abide by the law when conducting hazard reduction burns.

 “Penalties still apply for failing to notify neighbours that you are lighting a fire and for allowing fires to escape.”

“Even though the weather is cooling down, there is still the potential for fires to threaten life, property and the environment.  We have had many running grass fires recently in areas that have not had much rain and with high, cured grass.  Land owners still need to be extremely careful,” said Superintendent Sim.

If residents do wish to conduct burning activities, they should ask the NSWRFS for advice, permits and approvals and:
•    Give fire authorities and neighbours 24 hours notice.
•    Check weather conditions/Total Fire Bans.
•    Delay the burn if concerning winds are forecast.
•    Create proper fire breaks.
•    Have adequate water resources and fire fighting equipment on hand.
•    Supervise the fire at all times.
•    Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if fire escapes.

“We encourage people to seek advice from their local NSWRFS Fire Control Centre on how to safely conduct hazard reduction activities such as slashing, trittering and burning, and how to prepare their homes for the next bush fire season,” said Operational Officer Brett Taylor.

Superintendent Sim said “The local community should not become complacent to the danger of bush fire. I urge all residents to continue to take the threat of bush fire seriously and to prepare their families and homes. Now is also a fantastic time to ensure your family has completed a Bush Fire Survival Plan”.

“Your local Fire Control Centre can provide advice on how to safely undertake hazard reduction work and how to best prepare yourself, your property and your family for the next bush fire season”.

To notify your intention to burn or arrange a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate, contact your local Fire Control Centre on Bathurst (02) 6333 1333, Lithgow (02) 6353 1862 or Oberon (02) 6336 0493.