THE bush fire danger period on the Coffs Coast has ended early due to continuing mild weather.
As of midnight, fire permits were no longer needed in the Coffs Harbour and Bellingen local government areas.
But property owners are warned they must still follow the rules about the use of fire.
“This requires people to notify neighbouring land owners and land management authorities 24 hours prior to burning as well as taking appropriate action to ensure containment and control of fire so it doesn’t escape and cause damage,” said Superintendent Paul Norton, the Mid North Coast Rural Fire Service team manager.
“Penalties still apply for failing to notify neighbours that you are lighting a fire and for allowing fires to escape. Even though the weather is cooling down there is still the potential for fires to cause damage to life, property and the environment.
“We encourage people to get advice from their local RFS fire control centre on how to safely conduct hazard reduction activities such as slashing, ‘trittering’ and burning and how to prepare their homes for the next bushfire season.”
If residents do have to burn they should ask the RFS for advice, permits and approvals and:
- Give fire authorities at least one hour’s notice by phoning 6653 1097 (manned 24 hours)
- Check weather conditions and total fire bans
- Delay the burn if concerning winds are forecast
- Create proper fire breaks
- Have adequate water resources on hand
- supervise the fire at all times
Call triple-0 immediately if a fire escapes. For more information visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or call the Coffs Harbour RFS fire control centre on 6651 6133.