Fire ban on first day of summer

FIRE HAZARD: Firefighters are expecting more grass fires this summer, due to the large volume of growth caused by recent rain. Photo: Gareth Gardner 140216GGD02

FIRE HAZARD: Firefighters are expecting more grass fires this summer, due to the large volume of growth caused by recent rain. Photo: Gareth Gardner 140216GGD02

A TOTAL fire ban is in place in Tamworth as we mark the first day of summer.

The Rural Fire Service issued the warning for the Northern Slopes, North West and Hunter areas on Thursday afternoon. 

During total fire bans, hot works such as welding and grinding are also banned, along with camp fires, regardless of how secure the fire may seem.

With the third wettest winter on record, and a wet spring to boot, the region’s firefighters are bracing for a busy summer.

The rain has been a blessing to farmers and landholders, but it has also created a surge of grassy growth – or as firefighters call it, fuel loads.

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted a warmer than average summer, and the region will welcome first day of summer with a total fire ban.

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