RFS concerned over false alarms
RURAL Fire Service Mid North Coast have issued a warning for the public to notify the service if they intend to undertake pile burns.
The RFS have received a barrage of phone calls from concerned residents in relation to pile burns, unnecessarily taking up the brigade's time.
The team were called out to an apparent structure fire burning in Upper Orara at around 3.20am however it was found to be a large pile burn behind a home.
An RFS spokesperson said even though it may not be summer anymore, people need to notify the service of their pile burns all year around.
"We need to be informed at least one hour before lighting in order to avoid confusion," said an RFS spokesperson.