The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has ended the statutory Bushfire Danger Period one month early in Lower North Coast due to continuing milder weather conditions.
From midnight on Sunday, February 28 fire permits will no longer be required for the Kempsey and Nambucca Local Government Areas.
However, Superintendent Lachlann Ison said all residents must continue to adhere to the law regarding the use of fire for hazard reduction activities.
"Even though residents no longer require a fire permit, they must still notify their immediate neighbours and local fire authority 24 hours before burning, by either calling the 24 hour Fire Permit Line (02) 6626 6860 or online at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/notify," Supt Ison said.
"Residents looking to undertake broad-area burning should also check whether they require a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Environmental Certificate, and have adequate equipment to control and contain the fire to their property.
"Despite the milder conditions, there is still the potential for fires to threaten life, property and the environment, if not managed correctly."
Superintendent Ison said residents in Kempsey and Nambucca should take advantage of the milder conditions to start preparing their properties for the next bush fire season.
"The prevailing conditions in Lower North Coast present a good opportunity for landowners to get a head start for next season by conducting hazard reduction activities," he said.
"Your local fire station or Fire Control Centre can provide advice on how to safely conduct hazard reduction activities on your property and how to best prepare for the next bush fire season.
"The greatest risk for our community is complacency, so I urge all residents to take the threat of bush fire seriously and prepare their families and home now."
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