Not a lot of rain on the horizon – Fire permit season starts

The Bushfire Danger Period starts tomorrow, Friday, September 1 for Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Clarence Valley and other areas.

RFS Inspector Helen Carlos said, “there wasn’t a lot of rain on the horizon.”

We’re expecting more lightning strikes but not a lot of rain, she said.

In Kyogle and Richmond Valley there have been 207 jobs since July 1.

“More people are burning off and people are losing their burns,” Ms Carlos said.

Kyogle and Richmond Valley LGAs have had 48 escaped fires since July 1 with 1800 hectares burned.

The last few months had a lot of fires because of the increased growth in areas that we would normally expect little growth because of earlier wet weather, she said.

“The grass load has increased and there are grassfires under trees that cause residual fires in the trees.”

From September 1, anyone intending to light a fire on the ground and in the open must obtain a fire permit from their local Fire Control Centre.

It is a requirement to let the Rural Fire Service and neighbours know 24 hours before the lighting of a fire.

“Conditions were expected to be dryer between now and December,” Ms Carlos said.

Download the Hazards Near Me app to stay informed about fires in your area. 

For details on acquiring a free fire permit contact the Fire Control Centre on 6663 0000 and to register a permit phone 6626 6922.

A Fire Permit is required for burning activities during the Bush Fire Danger Period at all times.

Further information about hazard reduction burning, obtaining permits and required notification is available on the RFS website.

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