Local residents should take note that the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has extended the Bush Fire Danger Period for the Mid-Western Regional Council area due to prevailing hot and dry conditions.
The Bush Fire Danger Period usually ends on March 31, however due to this year’s weather conditions it has had to be extended until April 31, 2018. The danger period started earlier last year (September instead of October), making it an exceptionally long fire season for the region.
The extension means that permits are still required for anyone wishing to light a fire in the region.
Fire permits can be obtained by contacting your local brigade permit officer or the Cudgegong Fire Control Centre on (02) 6372 4434 during business hours.
Residents will also need to notify any adjoining neighbours at least 24 hours before burning.
It’s important for local residents to not become complacent as the bush fire danger period comes to an end. Everyone should learn about their bushfire risk and take all necessary steps to keep their family and home safe.
Preparing your home
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.