Good weather for burns
FIRE authorities, government agencies and property owners have taken advantage of favourable weather conditions to step up hazard-reduction burns across NSW.
Over the past week there have been more than 50 controlled burns scheduled across the state.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service has already conducted burn-offs in the Coffs Coast Regional Park, Ocean View Rd at Mullaway and near Nambucca in the Ngambaa Nature Reserve, off Donnelly's Trail, Allgomera.
"We've experienced very wet conditions in recent months across many parts of the state and with the weather improving, this is important work to prepare for the inevitable return of fire conditions," said NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.
While hazard-reduction burns are under way, some areas may be affected by smoke and people are advised to only contact Triple Zero (000) if they see an unattended fire.
Residents near controlled burns are encouraged to take precautions such as keeping doors and windows closed, removing washing from clothes lines. If driving through smoke-affected areas, slow down and switch on the car's headlights.
"Just as fire agencies and land managers are using these benign weather conditions to prepare for the bushfire season, so should the community," Mr Fitzsimmons said.
"After the recent wet weather, complacency is a concern. Fire conditions will return."