It’s time for Mudgee residents to ensure that their properties are prepared for the bushfire season, as the Bush Fire Danger Period for the Cudgegong Rural Fire District begins on Monday October 1 and will run until March 31, 2013.
The weather in Mudgee has been increasingly hot and dry and this can create the perfect conditions for fires to break out, and so it’s important for the local community to make themselves aware of bushfire risks and to pay attention to local fire authorities
During the Bush Fire Danger Period, all residents in the local fire district are required to obtain a fire permit from a local permit officer before lighting a fire in the open.
If a permit has been granted, there are a number of conditions that need to be met, including notifying the Rural Fire District (RFS) and adjoining neighbours at least 24 hours before a fire is lit. Even with a permit, fires cannot be lit on No Burn days or when a Total Fire Ban has been enforced.
There is plenty more information about fire permits and bushfire safety in the local region at the RFS website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
We highly recommend that Mudgee residents take a look at the website and find relevant information on how they should prepare their property for a bushfire (so that it poses less risk to themselves and to their neighbours) and find out how to create a bushfire survival plan.
If you would like to contact the Cudgegong Rural Fire District office for any information regarding local fire permits, you can call them on (02) 6372 4434.
Let’s hope that there are no serious fires in the Mudgee region (or anywhere else!) this bushfire season.