Bushire risk - farmers urged to help out

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is requesting Monaro landowners to be extremely cautious whilst working in the paddocks due to the increased risk of fires.

Community Safety Officer Ailish Pope said under the current period of increased fire danger, landowners play an important role in preventing fires from breaking out.

"Using farm machinery including slashers, grinders, welding equipment, pumps or any equipment likely to be a source of heat and fire on days of increased fire risk can be very dangerous. Property owners should also be mindful of driving vehicles and motorbikes in paddocks because hot exhausts in dry grass can start fires which can develop quickly," Ms Pope said.

"These fires not only have the potential to threaten property but also destroy pastures critical for primary production on the Monaro.

"We're asking landowners to stop all work in paddocks that could start fires and be extra careful between the hours of 9am in the morning and 6pm at night, or until the fire danger eases.

"This includes the use of motorised, cutting, grinding and welding equipment in all open areas."

"In recent years, substantial fires have been started by farm machinery and equipment in hot, dry conditions like the conditions forecast for the next several days.

"A few hours of down time lowers the risk of fires breaking out, and can prevent a great deal of damage to our community," said Ms Pope.

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