Total fire ban

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has suspended fire permits from midnight Thursday night until midnight Sunday night in the Snowy Monaro Regional Council Local Government Area due to forecast hot, dry and windy conditions.

NSW RFS Inspector Langdon Gould said the predicted fire danger ratings for Friday, Saturday and Sunday result in the automatic suspension of fire permits, in order to help keep the local community safe from bush and grass fires.

“In hot, dry and windy conditions fires can start quickly and spread rapidly and the potential is there for dangerous fire weather to eventuate from Friday morning through till Sunday night,” Inspector Gould said.

“Just one spark from a previous burn off can also cause a fire to spread and threaten life and property”.

“While fire permits have been suspended, we encourage residents to undertake other activities to protect their property from fire, such as clearing leaves from their gutters and removing flammable materials from around their homes.”

Serious penalties, including fines and/or imprisonment, apply for starting a fire without a permit during the Bush Fire Danger Period.

For further information on how you can protect your property, or to download a Bush Fire Survival Plan, visit the NSW RFS website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or call the Monaro Fire Control Centre on 6455 0455.