Landowners have been warned by the RFS (inset) to watch their burn-offs after several caused grass fires at the weekend. The NPWS (above) is preparing for a dry bush fire season.
Landowners have been warned by the RFS (inset) to watch their burn-offs after several caused grass fires at the weekend. The NPWS (above) is preparing for a dry bush fire season.

Early burn-off warning from RFS

FIREFIGHTERS are at the ready, even though the bushfire warning period is still a season away.

Two fires at Upper Corindi and a large-scale grass fire at Bostobrick have prompted the Rural Fire Service to warn property owners to exercise caution with their burn-offs.

Landowners have been told despite wet conditions and extensive hazard reduction, tinder dry conditions in some parts of the region, combined with warmer weather and strong winds, can quickly spell danger.

RFS crews from Bostobrick, Megan and Deervale brigades were called to extinguish a 28-hectare (70 acre) fire on Tyringham Rd after a burn-off got away on Friday about 1.25pm.

Then on Sunday the Sherwood Creek and Corindi/Red Rock brigades responded to two separate grass fires along Duffus Rd.

RFS community safety officer Jamie Bertram said a hectare of pasture was lost in the first incident, but the later fire about 3.30pm on a different property proved more problematic, burning out about 12 hectares of country.

“Fuel loads are very high and grasses have cured off with the winter frosts so it doesn’t take much for a burn-off to get away,” he said.

NPWS has conducted burns in the Nambucca Valley at Yarriabini National Park and in the Jaaningga, Ngambaa and Valla nature reserves, south of Coffs Harbour in the Bongil Bongil National Park, near Arrawarra in the Garby Nature Reserve, and at Halfway Creek in Yuraygir National Park.



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