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Fire Season Ends 31 March 2017

FIRE SEASON ENDS 31 MARCH 2017

The Bush Fire Danger Period for summer 2016/2017 has now closed (31 March 17). From 1 April fire permits are no longer required for the Palerang and Queanbeyan Local Government Areas (with some specific exceptions noted below). Although fire permits are generally no longer necessary, you must still exercise caution and follow the NSW legislation regarding the lighting of fires.

Anyone planning to burn anything is reminded that
they need to be able to control the fire, they need to give at least 24 hours
notice to all their neighbours and they need to notify the Fire Control Centre
(02 6128 0600) at least 24 hours in advance and before noon on Friday for
weekend burns.

The devastating fire in Carwoola this year is a wake up call us all to have our properties prepared for fire. Please read the Stoney Creek Gazette issue April 2017 for more excellent information about bushfire preparedness from our RFS captain David Hanzl. Also visit www.facebook.com/stoneycreekruralfirebrigade

IN AN EMERGENCY CALL TRIPLE ZERO (000)

Four key points to consider before you light a fire are:

[The information below is provided by the NSW RFS. Further details can be found on the RFS website or from the Queanbeyan Fire Control Centre (02 6128 0600 during business hours)].
1. Do you need an ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVAL?
Sometimes! Generally, an environmental approval would not be required for pile burns or bonfires.
However, approval may be required to clear native vegetation that you intend to burn and to conduct the burn. If
your clearing and burning is for hazard reduction purposes you can apply for an environmental approval (Hazard
Reduction Certificate) through the NSW RFS.
If your burning is not for hazard reduction purposes (garden maintenance, etc), you should contact your local
Catchment Management Authority and Council to see if you require an environmental approval for native vegetation
clearing or burning in the open (air pollution).
2. Do you need a FIRE PERMIT?
Sometimes! You will need a Fire Permit outside of the Bush Fire Danger Period if:
a) your burn is likely to endanger a building, or
b) your fire is in a Fire & Rescue NSW area. You can obtain a Fire Permit from your local NSW RFS Fire Control
Centre or Fire & Rescue NSW Station.
3. Do you need to NOTIFY anyone before burning?
Yes! It is a legislative requirement to provide a minimum of 24 hours notice (unless specified otherwise in a Fire
Permit) to:
• your local fire authority (Rural Fire Service or Fire & Rescue NSW), and
• any adjoining neighbours including those separated from you by a road, lane, or waterway.
4. Can you light your fire on a TOTAL FIRE BAN (TOBAN) DAY?
No! Total Fire Ban Days can be declared at any time of the year. If in doubt, check by calling the Bush Fire

Information Line 1800 679 737 or go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au. TOBAN Days will also be announced in the media.

PREPARE. ACT. SURVIVE | BUSH FIRE INFORMATION LINE | 1800 679 737



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