Fire season extends in parts of New South Wales

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The bush fire danger period is being extended in 44 local government areas across New South Wales as the increased risk of grass fires continues across large parts of the state.

The end of March normally marks the end of the bush fire danger period but with high fuel loads and warmer than average temperatures, fire restrictions will continue in many areas.

Commissioner of the RFS Rob Rogers said that in the last month alone firefighters have attended more than 850 bush and grass fires which collectively burned over 66,000 hectares, accounding for almost 50% of the area burned across the whole fire season which started at the beginning of October.

Eight homes, 15 outbuildings and hundreds of livestock have been lost across firegrounds however hundreds more homes and buildings have been saved due to the actions of firefighters and landholders.

Taking action

Commissioner Rogers said research commissioned by the RFS shows one in two people in NSW have taken action to prepare their property for the threat of bush and grass fire: “I remind all landholders and residents of the need to have a well prepared property and importantly discuss their bush fire survival plan and know what they’ll do if threatened by fire.

“Fire Permits are no longer required for those in areas outside the Bush Fire Danger Period. For those in areas where the Bush Fire Danger Period has been extended, fire permits will still be required and you must notify neighbours and local fire authorities 24 hours before lighting up.

“Given the prevailing dry conditions, it is vital when conducting a burn on your property it is safe to do so and make sure that you comply with the rules, even if you have conducted burns on your property for years.

“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, but most importantly, if a fire does get out of hand, make sure you report it immediately to Triple Zero (000)”

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