UNSEASONABLE conditions have prompted the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) to issue a warning urging all Hastings residents to take extreme care when conducting burning activities.
NSW RFS Inspector Guy Duckworth said local brigades have been called to a number of escaped fires in recent weeks, including the loss of a shed and numerous vehicles at Pampoolah.
“Current warm, windy and dry conditions mean landowners need to be very careful when attempting any burning,” Inspector Duckworth said.
“Residents and landowners need to take care when using fire and remember it is their responsibility to control the fire so that it doesn’t escape and cause damage.
“When undertaking burning activities, landholders need to notify their neighbors and local fire authorities 24 hours before lighting a fire.”
Inspector Duckworth said residents planning to conduct hazard reduction burning should first contact their local Fire Control Centre and check if a fire permit is required.
Residents are also reminded that all fire permits are suspended on a day of Total Fire Ban. Total Fire Ban information is posted daily at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
Inspector Duckworth said all residents should take the current conditions seriously and make sure they have a completed and practiced Bush Fire Survival Plan, in order to protect their family and property should they be threatened by fire.
“If you are not prepared for the bush fire season then you must act now,” Inspector Duckworth said.
“Everyone should be using this time to prepare their property, which includes clearing gutters and removing fuel from around homes.
“All households should have a well practiced Bush Fire Survival Plan so residents know what to do, particularly on days of increased fire danger, because there is no room for complacency when it comes to bush fire safety.”