Fire permits not needed, but RFS warns that danger remains

Fire permits not needed, but RFS warns that danger remains

FIRE permits are now no longer required in the Oberon local government area for standard pile burns and agricultural burns.

Inspector Mick Holland of the NSW Rural Fire Service said all members of the public must still abide by the law when conducting hazard reduction burns, which includes notifying the NSW RFS 24 hours prior to any burning.

"Penalties still apply for failing to notify NSW RFS and neighbours that you are lighting a fire and for allowing fires to escape," he said.

"Even though the weather is cooling down, there is still the potential for fires to threaten life, property and the environment.

"We have the potential for running grass fires in areas where the grass has grown due to recent rainfall and whilst the days are still warm. Landowners still need to be extremely careful."

Residents who do wish to conduct burning activities should ask the NSW RFS for advice, permits and approvals, give fire authorities and neighbours 24 hours' notice, check weather conditions, delay the burn if concerning winds are forecast, create proper fire breaks, have adequate water resources and firefighting equipment on hand and supervise the fire at all times.