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Rural Fire Service declares start of Bush Fire Danger Period

NSW Rural Fire Service - Media Release - 24 September 2020

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The 1st October is the official start of the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) for 2020 and the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is urging residents in the Goulburn Mulwaree, Upper Lachlan and Yass Valley council areas to prepare for the fire season now.

NSW RFS Inspector George Shepherd is urging residents to complete a Bush Fire Survival Plan and ensure all members of the household know what to do on days of increased fire danger and if their home is threatened by fire.

Residents should prepare their property by removing flammable materials from their yards, clearing gutters of leaves, checking hoses and, where appropriate, conducting hazard reduction activities.

Residents are reminded that during the BFDP, Fire Permits are required and can be obtained from your local fire station. Residents must also notify neighbouring land owners and their local fire authority 24 hours prior to burning.

“With summer conditions becoming more conducive to the spread of fire, people need to be extremely careful when using fire,” Inspector Shepherd said.

“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 minimize the damage.”

On days of Total Fire Ban, All Permits for Burning in the Open are automatically revoked. To check the Fire Danger Ratings for your area, visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or contact your local Fire Control Centre on 6226 3100 or 4832 0268 during business hours.

25 September 2020

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