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Bush Fire Danger Period begins

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has today (1 October) declared the start of the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) for areas across the Lake George Zone.

From 1 October any person wishing to light a fire will require a permit in the following local government areas:

• Palerang • Queanbeyan City

"With conditions becoming more conducive to the spread of fire, people need to be extremely careful when using fire," said Superintendent Nick Turner, Zone Manager Lake George Zone.

"Anybody wishing to light a fire on their property during the Bush Fire Danger Period will require a permit from their local fire station or Fire Control Centre.

"However, even with a permit you need to check whether a Total Fire Ban is in force before lighting any fires."

Superintendent Turner encourages all residents to have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, so all members of their household know what to do on days of increased fire danger, and if their home is threatened by fire.
Residents should also continue with their hazard reduction activities.

"We have all seen the devastation that bush fires can bring to a community, so I strongly advise residents to contact their local brigades and use their expertise to assist in carrying out safe hazard reductions," said Superintendent Turner.

"Residents also need to ask whether they need a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate.

"Never leave a fire unattended and if a fire does escape, it is essential to call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that emergency services can respond accordingly and minimise the damage."

For more information contact Lake George Zone Office on 02 6297 1840 or visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

View the Guidelines in force during the Bush Fire Season.



story | by Dr. Radut