High fuel loads and dry weather has prompted the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to declare the start of the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) for areas across the Far South Coast.
From September 1, anyone person wishing to light a fire in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla local government areas will require a permit.
“With conditions becoming more conducive to the spread of fire, people need to be extremely careful when using fire,” Superintendent John Cullen said.
"Spring weather can be very unpredictable and we are currently seeing very high fuel loads and extremely dry conditions in grasslands and in the bush.
“Anybody wishing to light a fire on their property during the Bush Fire Danger Period will require a permit from their local fire station or Fire Control Centre.
“However, even with a permit you need to check whether a Total Fire Ban is in force before lighting any fires.”
Supt Cullen said all residents should have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, so all members of their household know what to do on days of increased fire danger, and are prepared to take appropriate action if their home is threatened by fire.
Residents should also continue with other forms of hazard reduction such as slashing, mowing and raking.
“We have all seen the devastation that bush fires can bring to a community, so I strongly advise residents to contact their local brigades and use their advice and expertise to assist in carrying out safe hazard reductions,” he said.
“Residents also need to check to see if they require any environmental approvals.
“Never leave a fire unattended and, if a fire does escape, it is essential to call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that emergency services can respond accordingly and minimise the damage.”