The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has declared an end to the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period in the Southern Border Team area from midnight March 31, 2018.
Fire permits will no longer be required for the Federation Counccil area along with Berrigan, Greater Hume and Albury Local Government Areas.
NSW RFS Inspector Andrew Gray said all members of the public must still abide by the law when conducting hazard reduction or pile burns. Local Residents should also refer to their Local Council regulations in regards to burning.
“Even though a fire permit is no longer a requirement, residents must still notify their neighbours and the local fire authority 24 hours before burning,” Inspector Gray said.
“People should also check whether they need a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate, and have sufficient equipment to control and contain the fire to their property.
“Despite these milder conditions, there is always the potential for fires to threaten life, property and the environment, if not managed correctly. If undertaking pile burns residents can refer to the RFS Standards for Pile Burning on the RFS website.”
Inspector Gray said the local community should not become complacent to the danger of bush fire now that the danger period is officially over.
“I urge all residents to take the threat of bush fire seriously and prepare their families and home now,” he said.
“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.”
To arrange a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate, or a free environmental assessment, contact your local Fire Control Centre.