Bush fire risk drops

THE NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has ended the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period in Monaro Team early due to continuing mild weather conditions.

From Monday, March 15 2010 fire permits are no longer required for the Bombala, Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River Local Government Areas, but Jim Darrant, Monaro Team Manager said all residents must continue to adhere to the law regarding the use of fire for hazard reduction activities.

“Even though residents no longer require a fire permit, they must still notify their neighbours and relevant land management authorities 24 hours before burning,” said Mr Darrant.

“People also need to have a plan and adequate equipment to control and contain the fire to your property.

“Despite the mild conditions, there is still the potential for fires to cause damage to life, property and the environment, if not managed correctly.

“Serious penalties, including fines and even imprisonment, apply for allowing a fire to escape.”

Mr Darrant said residents in Bombala, Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River should be taking advantage of the benign conditions to begin preparing their properties for the next bush fire season.

“The prevailing conditions may be benign, but they present a good opportunity for landowners to get a head start for next season by conducting hazard reduction activities on their properties,” said Mr Darrant.

“Your local fire station or Fire Control Centre is able to provide advice on how to safely conduct hazard reduction activities on your property and how best to prepare for the next bush fire season.

“The greatest risk for our community is complacency, so I urge all residents to take the threat of bush fire seriously and prepare their families and home now.”

For more information contact Monaro Team on 6455 0455 or visit rfs.nsw.gov.au