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Residents ignoring Clarence Valley’s fire ban

SECTION 44: The fire alert for the Clarence Valley on Saturday saw back-burning and making fire trails to head off the fire at Kremnos. Minnie Water and Tucabia fire fighters Keith Connors and Bill Robinson inspect the ground at Lanitza on Sunday.
SECTION 44: The fire alert for the Clarence Valley on Saturday saw back-burning and making fire trails to head off the fire at Kremnos. Minnie Water and Tucabia fire fighters Keith Connors and Bill Robinson inspect the ground at Lanitza on Sunday.

REPORTS of residents ignoring the Clarence Valley's fire ban has Rural Fire Service volunteers concerned.

RFS spokesman Troy Gersback said the fire service had seen a handful of new incidents pop up with people continuing to light fires on their properties, despite a suspension of all landowner permits due to the current fire activity.

"We ask that residents please refrain from lighting fires on their properties," Mr Gersback said.

Burning as a result of sugar cane operations is exempt from that suspension.

Mr Gersback also reminded people that during the months of the bushfire danger period all private landowners needed to apply for a permit with the RFS to light a fire on their land. Substantial fines and prison terms of up to 12 months may apply to anyone found to be in breach of the Rural Fires Act 1997 and its regulations.

Civil law suits can also be brought against those responsible for fire, by those seeking compensation, for losses sustained.

Phone 6644 5135 for inquiries about fire permits.

While the weather is tipped to stay in favour of firefighters, Clarence Valley residents are advised to remain vigilant of any fire activity in their region.

Weatherzone meteorologist James Casey said the forecast for the rest of the week was mostly sunny with top temperatures in the low 20s and the chance of a late shower Friday.

A southerly wind due to move through the Clarence Valley Thursday may bring wind gusts of up to 20kmh, but winds were generally expected to be light and variable for the rest of the week, he said.

A stronger rain front will pass through early next week.

Topics:  bushfire clarence valley fire ban rural fire service



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