THE NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) last week declared the start of the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) for areas across the Cooma Monaro, Snowy and Bombala Council.
From October 1, 2012 any person wishing to light a fire will require a permit in the following local government areas: Snowy River, Cooma Monaro and Bombala.
“With conditions becoming more conducive to the spread of fire, people need to be extremely careful when using fire,” said Monaro Fire Mitigation Officer, Fred Nichols.
“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.”
Fred encourages all residents to have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, so all members of their household know what to do on days of increased fire danger, and if their home is threatened by fire.
Residents should also continue with their hazard reduction activities.
“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 expertise to assist in carrying out safe hazard reductions,” said Fred.
“Residents also need to ask whether they need a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate.
“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.”
For more information contact the Monaro team Fire Control Centres on Cooma 6455 0455, Snowy River 6456 4555 or Bombala 64583933 or visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au