Bushfire danger period begins

NO PERMIT - no fire. As of today the Mid North Coast bushfire danger period begins, which means anyone wishing to light a fire in Coffs Harbour and Bellingen areas is required to have a permit.

“Commencement of the bushfire danger period does not prohibit landholders from burning. In fact, we contine to encourage properly prepared and managed hazard reductions,” inspector Ron Collingridge said.

“It does mean, however, that permits will be required for lighting fires.”

“As temperatures get warmer we also ask people to be careful when using fire. The current conditions across most of NSW mean that fires are more likely to develop into bushfires and threaten life, property and the environment.

"It is an offence to let a fire escape from your property and it is your responsibility that fires are not left unattended.

“We strongly advise residents to contact their local brigade and seek their advice in carrying out safe and successful hazard reductions.”

He said if a fire does escape, it is essential for the landowner to call 000 immediately.

Fire permits are free and can be obtained from your local fire station or fire control centre.

For more information contact the Mid North Coast team on 6651 6133 during business hours.

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