The official start of the bush fire danger period has sparked a warning from The Hills Rural Fire Service (RFS).
We urge all residents in the The Hills area to be vigilant and extremely careful with fire during the Bush Fire Danger Period.John Hojel
The season, which began on October 1 and runs until March 31, will turn the heat up on the threat of bush fires for residents and properties across the district.
NSW RFS Superintendent John Hojel said hotter and drier conditions mean fires are more likely to start and spread quickly during the bush fire danger period.
“From now until the end of the bush fire danger period, people wishing to light a fire in the open will require a permit, which are free and can be obtained from your local fire station or Fire Control Centre,” Superintendent Hojel said.
“When conditions are particularly bad, such as on days of severe, extreme or catastrophic fire danger, the NSW RFS may declare a Total Fire Ban, prohibiting the lighting of any fire in the open, even if you have a fire permit.”
The permits help ensure that fire is used safely by explaining the rules of fire management and alert firefighters when people are doing burning activities on their properties.
“A bush fire can travel very quickly in a very short space of time,” Superintendent Hojel said.
“People have to listen to the message that the rural fire service puts out and be aware of the things they need to do around their home.
“We don’t have the resources to have firefighters at every home.”
Since July 1, fire fighters have already attended more than 5000 fires across the state that have burnt more than 93,000 hectares.
Superintendent Hojel encouraged all residents to ensure they have a bush fire survival plan to protect themselves and their properties.
“We urge all residents in the The Hills area to be vigilant and extremely careful with fire during the bush fire danger period,” Superintendent Hojel said.
“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 is threatened by fire.
“Most of the brigades are open on the weekend so residents can go in and talk to their local firefighters.”
The Hills Rural Fire Service is located at 1A Angus Road, Kenthurst.
- Details: rfs.nsw.gov.au.