This summer’s bush fire danger period will commence early this year for the Liverpool, Campbelltown and Camden local government areas due to the continued dry conditions and grass curing in the area.
The bush fire danger period will come into force from Sunday, September 1.
NSW RFS Inspector Nicholas Medianik is urging residents to plan, prepare and maintain their properties in readiness for the bush fire season.
“The south western Sydney basin is continuing to experience warm windy conditions, further increasing the effects of the drought conditions across the region,” Inspector Medianik said.
There are a few simple things you can do to get ready for the bush fire season.
Firstly have a plan, talk to your family about what you will do on days of heightened fire danger, where will you go if a fire breaks out, what will you take and how will you get there.
Prepare and maintain your property for fire, ensure you include your pets and especially livestock in your preparation.
Keep updated with fire conditions in your area.
These basic steps can greatly increase your safety and the safety of your family, should a fire threaten the community,” he said.
In addition to notifying fire authorities and your neighbours, residents are reminded that a fire permit is required from September 1 to light and maintain a fire in the open air.
Inspector Medianik is also cautioning residents to be vigilant and follow the rules for using fire on their land.
Failure to obtain a fire permit, or notify fire authorities and neighbours of your intention to light and maintain a fire in open air can result in the issuing of $2,200 of infringement notices.
Leaving a fire lit in the open air unattended or if your fire escapes your property and enters adjoin land, can result in penalties increasing to in excess of $5,000. Lighting a fire that escapes on a total fire ban can result in court imposed penalties of $132,000 and or a prison sentence.
“Don’t be the person that burns out your neighbours or community assets,” Inspector Medianik said.
Fire permits are free and can be easily obtained during business hours from the Macarthur Fire Control Centre or by contacting your local Fire and Rescue NSW station.
For more information on fire permits, total fire bans and preparing your property, visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or contact the Macarthur fire control centre on 9608 7777.
To make a fire plan, visit www.myfireplan.com.au