Make sure burnoffs are kept under control.
Make sure burnoffs are kept under control.

Be cautious when burning off

INCREASINGLY parched conditions on the Coffs Coast mean landowners can’t let down their guard during burnoffs.

That’s the message from the Rural Fire Service which had to battle a spate of blazes which escaped from hazard reduction burns on Thursday.

RFS operations officer Inspector Michael Brougham said brigades were called to two bushfires at Corindi, one at 1.30pm and the other about 40 minutes later.

Fire crews then had to contend with a grass fire along Mountain Way at Sapphire at 4.45pm.

“Things are starting to dry out and that means fires may escape,” Mr Brougham said.

“You need to make sure adequate control measures are in place before you burn off. You also need to contact neighbours 24 hours beforehand and give the RFS at least one hour’s notice.

“We like the fact people are reducing the bushfire hazards on their properties because now is the perfect time to do so but they have to stop these fires getting away.”

Firefighters also had to put out a chimney fire at Butlers Road at Bonville on Thursday night.

“This is probably a timely reminder now the colder weather is with us to make sure your chimney is clean,” Mr Brougham said.

For more information, contact the RFS in Coffs Harbour on 6651 6133.



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