A total fire ban was declared at midnight as the mercury is tipped to rise above 30 today.
A total fire ban was declared at midnight as the mercury is tipped to rise above 30 today. Bruce Thomas

Wet now, but bushfires soon

COFFS Coast firefighters aren’t making any changes to the bushfire danger period despite the wet weather.

This is in contrast to the Rural Fire Service on the Far North Coast, where landowners wanting to burn off won’t need fire permits until the end of December.

Inspector Ron Collingridge from the local RFS said the official bushfire danger period would remain in place on the Mid North Coast until the end of March.

“You only need to get three or four days of sunshine and good weather and the grass country will be dried out again,” Mr Collingridge said.

“We’ve had burn-offs which have escaped and caused problems and rather than go back to that we will maintain the status quo.

“We only need a few warm days and a few north-westerly winds and the grass will cure and dry out again.”

The RFS community safety officer on the Far North Coast, Superintendent Matt Inwood, said conditions had eased significantly in his region.

“After consultation with other agencies, we are in a position to temporarily suspend the bushfire danger period in the Ballina, Byron, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed local government areas,” Mr Inwood said.

“Until the end of December, fire permits will no longer be required, however, landholders should continue to exercise the highest degree of caution and ensure appropriate safeguards are taken when conducting burning activities.

“It can take only a few weeks of warm weather for the situation to change so it’s important that landholders continue their fire season preparations now.”

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