Brigades need help

FIREFIGHTERS bracing themselves for a hectic summer need your help now to reduce the bushfire risk.

From next Wednesday, anyone wanting to light a fire in the Coffs Harbour and Bellingen council areas will need a fire permit.

During a total fire ban, however, no fires of any kind may be lit, even if you hold a permit.

“Commencement of the Bush Fire Danger Period does not prohibit landholders from burning. In fact, we continue to encourage properly prepared and managed hazard reductions,” said Inspector Ron Collingridge from the Rural Fire Service.

“It does mean, however, that permits will be required for lighting fires. Fire permits are free and can be obtained from your local fire station or fire control centre.

“As temperatures get warmer we also ask people to be careful when using fire. While we have had some rain, fires have been escaping and causing damage.”

Mr Collingridge said it was an offence to allow a fire to escape from your property and it was the responsibility of landholders to ensure fires were kept under constant surveillance. We strongly advise residents to contact their local brigade and seek their advice in carrying out safe and successful hazard reductions.”



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