News / Education / Community / 2nd September 2021
Smoke signals summer preparation
NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) commence hazard reduction burns in preparation for bushfire season.
Where there’s smoke there’s fire. But at least for now that will most likely be nothing to be alarmed about.
Instead, it will be the Castlereagh Zone RFS getting on with the job of protecting local residents from the upcoming fire season.
Hazard reduction burning was meant to kick off last Tuesday, depending on weather conditions.
District coordinator, Dez White warned there would be smoke in the air once the burning began and urged residents not to panic.
“There will be hazard reduction burning commencing in several areas around Coonabarabran, so don’t be alarmed if you see smoke,” Ms White said.
“It’s important that you only call 000 if you see a fire with no truck in attendance.”
RFS crews have already commenced mitigation control, cutting back vegetation near Coonabarabran High School and around areas of Rocky Glen.
Ms White said it was also up to property owners to take the recommended steps to be ready for the bushfire season.
“Especially people living on properties - they need to have a survival plan in place and have a conversation with all the members of their household on fire safety and what they should do and where they will go if a bushfire was to occur,” she said.
“And there should be a six-metre-wide clearing where possible around all boundary fences.
“Always keep an eye on the weather and have a plan for what you will do with any pets or livestock.”
Property owners undertaking hazard reduction burns themselves need to notify the RFS and their neighbours at any time of the year.
Permits must be obtained from the RFS for any burning after 1 October.
Check out the RFS website for a full, comprehensive guide on what to do and how to prepare for the bush fire season (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au)