THE bushfire danger period has been brought forward due to warm conditions and high fuel loads.
The Rural Fire Service says the danger period had been introduced one month early because of the number of fires that had already occurred.
Gunnedah, Gwydir, Liverpool Plains, Moree, Narrabri, Tamworth and Upper Hunter Shire council areas will be covered by the fire bans.
Tamworth RFS Superintendent Allyn Purkiss said large quantities of grass fuels had built up across the region as a result of a good growing season.
“The presence of these fuels has resulted in a number of escaped pile burns and hazard reductions over recent months,” Superintendent Purkiss said.
“Anybody wishing to light a fire on their property during the bush fire danger period will require a permit from their local Rural Fire Brigade, Fire Control Centre or Fire & Rescue NSW.
“Permit holders should strictly abide by the conditions of their fire permit and, if in doubt, seek advice from the Rural Fire Service in their area.”
Landholders are still encouraged to carry out hazard reductions – but they must get the nod from the authorities before doing so.
Even with a permit, the holder must check that the daily bush fire danger rating does not exceed very high or above and whether a total fire ban is in force before lighting any fires, as permits are suspended under those circumstances.