• Hannah Phillips

Riverina to Get Fire Ready


The Riverina Zone will start the Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) a month early this year due to ongoing warm and dry conditions.


This early start to the BFDP effects the local government areas of Wagga Wagga, Junee, Lockhart and Coolamon.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is urging residents to prepare now for what could be a long and extended fire season.

While 1 November is traditionally when the bush fire season commences across the Riverina Zone,

the Riverina Zone will begin the fire season on Monday October 1 2018.

NSW RFS Inspector Scott Conlan is urging residents to make and discuss their bush fire survival plan.

“This is to ensure all members of the household know what to do on days of increased fire danger and

what to do if their home is threatened by fire,” Inspector Conlan said.

“Residents should prepare their property by removing flammable materials from their yards, clearing

leaves from gutters, checking hoses can reach all around the house and where appropriate, conducting

hazard reduction activities.

“While it is important to continue land management activities using fire we have all seen the devastation

that bush fires can bring to a community, so I strongly urge people to exercise caution when carrying out

any burning activities.

“Residents can ask their local Fire Control Centre for assistance in carrying out safe hazard reductions

and for advice about whether they need a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate. Inspector Conlan said, with warm and windy conditions becoming more favourable to the spread of fire, people need to be extremely careful when using fire.

“Never leave a fire unattended and if a fire does escape, it is essential to call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that emergency services can respond accordingly and minimise the damage,” Inspector Conlan

said.

“During the Bush Fire Danger Period any person wishing to light a fire will require a permit, they free to obtain from your local Brigade or Fire Control Centre.

On days of Total Fire Ban all fire permits are automatically revoked.

To check the Fire Danger Ratings for your area visit rfs.nsw.gov.au or contact your local Fire Control Centre.