Rain brings end to bush fire danger

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has ended the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period in the Bega Valley Shire following widespread rain over recent days.

From April 1 fire permits will no longer be required from the Rural Fire Service in the Bega Valley Shire.

However Superintendant John Cullen, of the NSW Rural Fire Service, Far South Coast Team, 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,” said Superintendant Cullen.

“People should also check whether they need a Bush Fire 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, Superintendant Cullen said. 

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

He said residents should take advantage of easing conditions to continue preparing and maintaining their properties for the threat of bush fire.

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

“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 bush fire season.“

NSW RFS officers could also assist with free environmental assessments and Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificates.

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