Early fire callouts spur warning from RFS

SEVERAL call-outs to fires started on private properties have prompted a warning from local fire-fighters.

Rural Fire Service Clarence Valley district manager Superintendent Stuart Watts said fire-fighters responded to around ten bush and grass fires last weekend, the majority of which were the result of burn-offs that escaped onto road reserves from private land.

Other calls were made by neighbours who were not notified of intentional activities.

"People who wish to use fire for land management need to be aware they need to advise neighbours and maintain fire to their property," Supt Watts said.

"All those things are governed by the Rural Fires Act, and people just need to be mindful that the rules are in place to protect the community."

Outside of the annual fire danger period, landowners do not need to alert the RFS of burn-offs.

Despite this, Supt Watts warned the lack of rainfall in the Valley this year may have an effect on traditional land management practices.

"The recent cold and frost has cured a lot of the grass," he said.

"There's been very little rain so fires that traditionally burn through elevated areas and stop at wet areas at this time of year may not do so.

"As it draws closer to the start of the fire danger period (in September), we'll be reviewing the situation week by week."



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