Hazard burns need care

WINGECARRIBEE and Wollondilly Rural Fire Service (RFS) teams have been feeling the heat recently, urging Highlanders to conduct hazard burns safely to avoid letting the fast-moving fires get out of control.

Southern Highlands team community safety officer Inspector David Stimson said landholders and managers should ensure they were well prepared before burning-off on their property.

Insp Stimson said the region’s high fuel loads presented a “very real fire risk” during hazard reduction burns.”

The service encourages landholders to be proactive in reducing fuel loads on their property, but more importantly we want people to conduct hazard reduction burns safely and legally,” he said.

“For hazard reduction burning to be safe and effective, residents need to take weather conditions and forecasts into consideration.”Insp Stimson said it was important to tell neighbours and local fire authorities about planned hazard reduction burning at least 24 hours before beginning.”

The NSW RFS are happy to help people plan and conduct safe hazard reduction burns ensuring the safety of both landowners’ property and the broader community.

“Members can also provide advice on fire permits, hazard reduction certificates, environmental approvals and weather forecasts.” He said mowing, hand clearing or slashing areas around key assets on a property was a viable alternative to burning.”

Every landholder has a responsibility to prevent fire spreading to other properties and there can be serious consequences for the person who started the fire.

“The first priority should always be safety, so never conduct a burn if conditions are not suitable.”

For more information visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or contact Mittagong Fire Control Centre on 4868 5500.

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