The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) will end the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period in the North West Zone at the end of this month.
From April 1, fire permits will no longer be required for agricultural and garden waste burns in the Walgett, Warren, Bogan and Coonamble Local Government Areas.
While fire permits are no longer required, District Manager of the North West Zone NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Inspector Paul Metcalfe said property owners must still exercise caution and follow guidelines regarding the use of fire.
"Residents must notify neighbouring land owners and their local fire authority at least 24 hours before burning, as well as taking appropriate action to ensure containment and control of fire so it doesn't escape and cause damage," he said.
Inspector Metcalfe reminders residents to ensure the safe use of fire as penalties apply for failing to notify neighbours that you are lighting a fire and allowing a fire to escape one's property.
"Even though the weather is cooling down, there is still the potential for fires to threaten life, property and the environment," he said.
If residents do wish to conduct burning activities, they should ask the RFS 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 firefighting 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 RFS Fire Control Centre on how to safely conduct hazard reduction activities such as slashing and burning, and how to prepare their homes for the next bush fire season," Inspector Metcalfe said.
For more information contact North West Zone office on (02) 6822 4422 or visit rfs.nsw.gov.au