Get set for high fire risk: expert

COFFS Coast landholders have been warned about a looming and serious fire risk.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has warned local residents in Bellingen and Coffs Harbour areas to take extreme care while burning because unprecedented rainfall has led to increased vegetation and grass growth.

"The weather is warming up and the wind is increasing, so landowners need to be very careful when attempting any burning," Inspector Ron Collingridge said

"It is the responsibility of residents and landowners to control fires so they doesn't escape and cause damage. Landholders should notify neighbours and their local fire authority 24 hours before lighting any fire and check whether they need a fire permit or if a total fire ban is in force."


Hazard reduction burning hints:

Always check the weather forecast before starting your burn

Always start your burn in the afternoon, after any forecast wind changes have begun.

Always burn from the top of a hill to the bottom. Fire runs faster uphill and can be more difficult to contain

Control lines need to be at least 4m wide and cleared of as much vegetation as possible

Have water ready to extinguish the fire if needed and enough people to control the hazard-reduction burn.

Insp Collingridge said all Coffs Coast residents should take the current conditions seriously and prepare their Bush Fire Survival Plan and property now.

"If you have not already prepared for the bush-fire season, then you must act now. If you require assistance you can contact your local Fire Control Centre on 66516133.

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