Byron Bay rural Fire Service deputy captain Steve Cullen puts out a blaze.
Byron Bay rural Fire Service deputy captain Steve Cullen puts out a blaze.

Burns rage out of control

NUMEROUS landowners are being investigated after a series of fires in the Northern Rivers.

Yesterday, the NSW Rural Fire Service battled major fires in Rappville, south of Casino, and Upper Cherry Tree, south-west of Casino.

The fires started as hazard-reduction burns last week but got out of control.

"Land owners see smoke in the air and think it's time to light up," Superintendent Michael Brett said.

"Traditionally, they wander around with a box of matches and think the fire will be alright when it gets cold later that night.

"The fires are going down but they're not going out."

From Friday until Monday, the RFS attended 31 Northern Rivers fires, most of which started as hazard-reduction burns.

"We have had a significant increase in the number of escaped burns," Mr Brett said.

"A number of these are under investigation and we'll be considering prosecuting. You'll start seeing property owners receiving fines and court attendance notices."

 

FIRE SAFETY

  • Clean out gutters
  • Keep grass short
  • Remove vegetation from confined spaces
  • Call Rural Fire Service on 1300 679 737 before burning off


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