THE region’s prolonged drought conditions have seen this year’s bush fire season brought forward to September 1.
The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) announced in August anyone looking to light a fire in the Gwydir, Moree Plains and Narrabri regions after September 1 would require a permit.
NSW RFS member Stephen Prichard said drought conditions were the main factor for the season beginning early.
“With conditions becoming more conducive to the spread of fire, people need to be extremely careful when using fire,” Mr Prichard said.
“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 and 24 hours prior to lighting a fire.
“However, even with a permit you need to check whether a total fire ban is in place before lighting any fires; or fire danger rating is very high or above as permits are suspended.”
Mr Prichard said locals should begin formulating a bushfire survival plan and continue to reduce fire hazards around the home.
- For more information visit your local fire station or visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au