Bushfire danger season means no backyard burning

Bushfire season: Residents will need to seek a fire permit from the Rural Fire Service for backyard burn-offs once the bushfire danger period officially begins on October 1. Photo: SHN

Bushfire season: Residents will need to seek a fire permit from the Rural Fire Service for backyard burn-offs once the bushfire danger period officially begins on October 1. Photo: SHN

BACKYARD burning approvals will no longer be valid with the start of the bushfire season in October.

Council approvals will cease from midnight on September 30. Once the fire season begins, a fire permit is required from the Rural Fire Service. Certain approvals exist for residents depending on their suburb of residence, lot size and zoning area. For more information on approval restrictions, visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/backyard-burning. Anyone wishing to burn in accordance with these approvals must ensure they notify neighbours, minimise smoke, attend to the fire at all times and have a water source available to extinguish the fire.

If a Total Fire Ban or No Burn Day is declared, approvals are suspended and fines of $500 for individuals and $1000 for corporations apply for any breaches. To report an illegal burn phone 4868 0888.

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