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Bush fire season guidelines 1/10/2010

To mark the start of the bush fire season on October 1, 2010, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) is reminding residents in the Lake George Zone including Palerang and Queanbeyan City Local Government Areas that fire permits are required throughout the Bush Fire Danger Period.

"During the Bush Fire Danger Period, conditions are generally hotter and drier, which means fires are more likely to start and spread," said Superintendent Nick Turner — Zone Manager Lake George Zone.

"From the 1st October 2010 until the end of the Bush Fire Danger Period, people wishing to light a fire in the open will require a permit.

"Fire permits are free and can be obtained from your local Rural Fire Brigade Permit Issuing Officer. "When conditions are particularly bad, such as on days of Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic Fire Danger, the RFS may declare a Total Fire Ban, prohibiting the lighting of any fire in the open, even if you have a fire permit."

During a Total Fire Ban the lighting of fires is banned, including cooking fires using incinerators and barbecues which burn solid fuel, such as wood or charcoal.

You may use a gas or electric barbecue, but only if:

  • It is on residential property within 20m of the house or dwelling;
  • It is in a picnic area and the appliance is approved by Council, National Parks or State Forest;
  • It is under the direct control of a responsible adult;
  • The ground around the barbecue is cleared for 2m of all material which could burn; and
  • You have an immediate and continuous supply of water available.

"We urge all residents in the Lake George Zone to be vigilant and be extremely careful with fire during the Bush Fire Danger Period," said Superintendent Turner.

"Every resident should have a Bush Fire Survival Plan so they know what to do on days of increased fire danger, and can immediately put their plan into action if their home and family is threatened by fire."

To find out if a Total Fire Ban affects you check the RFS website fire danger map at OR call Lake George Zone Fire Control Centre on 02 6297 1840 or call 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737). You must know which Local Government Area you are in.

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