Local residents are being reminded that the start of the Bush Fire Danger Period began on September 1 in the Cudgegong Rural Fire Service District, which covers the Mid-Western Regional Council area.
The start of the danger period has been brought forward this year due to dry weather conditions.
What this means for those living in the area is that you will be required to obtain a permit to light a fire on your property, which contains specific conditions on how the fire is to be lit and maintained.
Hefty fines and penalties can apply to those who light a fire without obtaining a permit or following the permit conditions.
Permits are free and can be obtained by contacting the Fire Control Centre in Mudgee on (02) 6372 4434.
It’s important for local residents not to be complacent about bushfires, as they are a serious threat, particularly as the weather starts to warm up.
Everyone should learn about their individual bushfire risk and take all necessary steps to keep their home and families safe.
Protect your home
Now is a great time to get outside and do some simple maintenance at your home, if you haven’t already, to help protect it during the bushfire season.
According to the NSW RFS website, the top actions everyone can take help keep their homes safe include:
TRIM – Trim overhanging trees and shrubs. This can stop the fire spreading to your home.
MOW – Mow grass and remove the cuttings. Have a cleared area around your home.
REMOVE – Remove material that can burn around your home (e.g. Door mats, wood piles, mulch, leaves, paint, outdoor furniture)
CLEAR – Clear and remove all the debris and leaves from the gutters surrounding your home. Burning embers can set your home on fire
PREPARE – Prepare a sturdy hose or hoses that will reach all around your home.
Make sure you’ve got a reliable source of water.
Further information about Bush Fire Danger Periods and how to plan and prepare for bushfires can be found on the NSW RFS website – www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.