As the snow melts, it's time to think about the bushfire season

THE snow has only just melted, but the bushfire danger period is still not far away for Oberon.

The NSW Rural Fire Service says the statutory Bushfire Danger Period will start on Sunday, September 1 for Oberon, Bathurst and Lithgow council areas.

"From September 1 until the end of the danger period, people wishing to light a fire in the open will require a permit, which are free and can be obtained from your local fire station or fire control centre," Inspector Mick Holland said.

"Request your fire permit several days before you plan to light the fire to allow time for the area to be inspected and the permit to be issued.

"When conditions are particularly bad, such as on days of very high, severe, extreme or catastrophic fire danger, the NSW RFS may declare a total fire ban, prohibiting the lighting of any fire in the open, even if you have a fire permit."

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On a day of total fire ban, when lighting fires is prohibited, the prohibited fires include cooking fires using incinerators and barbecues which burn solid fuel, such as wood or charcoal.

For information on current fires, download the NSW RFS Fires Near Me app to your phone or tablet.