BE CAREFUL: Despite the bushfire danger period ending in the Clarence the community should not become complacent to the danger of bushfires.
BE CAREFUL: Despite the bushfire danger period ending in the Clarence the community should not become complacent to the danger of bushfires. JoJo Newby

Bushfire danger period declared over for Clarence

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has declared an end to the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period in the Clarence Valley Local Government area.

From April 1, fire permits were no longer required for the Rural Fire District of the Clarence Valley.

NSW RFS Superintendent Stuart Watts said all members of the public must still abide by the law when conducting hazard reduction burns.

"Even though a fire permit is no longer a requirement, residents must still notify their neighbours and the local fire authority 24 hours before burning," Supt Watts said.

"People should also check whether they need a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate, and have sufficient equipment to control and contain the fire to their property.

"Despite these milder conditions, there is always the potential for fires to threaten life, property and the environment, if not managed correctly.

Supt Watts said the local community should not become complacent to the danger of bush fire now that the danger period is officially over.

"I urge all residents to take the threat of bush fire seriously and prepare their families and home now," Supt Watts said.

"Your local fire station or Fire Control Centre can provide advice on how to safely undertake hazard reduction work, and how best to prepare yourself, your property and your family for the next bush fire season."

To arrange a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate, or a free environmental assessment, contact the Clarence Valley NSW RFS Office on 66445135.



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