WITH more high winds forecast and as bushfires flare across the state, NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has declared the start of the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) for areas across the Monaro Team Area.
From today (Tuesday) anyone wishing to light a fire will need a permit in Cooma-Monaro Shire, Snowy River Shire and Bombala Shire.
"With conditions becoming more conducive to the spread of fire, people need to be extremely careful when using fire," Community Safety Officer, Ailish Pope said.
"Anybody wishing to light a fire on their property during the Bush Fire Danger Period will require a permit from their local fire station or Fire Control Centre.
"However, even with a permit you need to check whether a Total Fire Ban is in place before lighting any fires."
Ms Pope is also urging residents to have a completed Bush Fire Survival Plan available so all members of the household know what to do on days of increased fire danger, and if their home is threatened by fire.
Residents should also be aware of other heat sources that can start a fire in hot and dry conditions, this includes lawn mowers and other machinery. If possible delay the activity till conditions are better and have a water source with you in case a fire does start.
Residents should also continue with their hazard reduction activities.
"We have all seen the devastation that bush fires can bring to a community, so I strongly urge people to contact their local Fire Control Centre and use their expertise to assist in carrying out safe hazard reductions," she said.
"Residents also need to ask whether they need a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate.
"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."
For more information contact Monaro Team RFS on 6455 0455 or visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au