Mid North Coast brigades kept busy

THE NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is urging Mid North Coast residents to take extreme care when conducting burning activities following an unusually high number of fires in the local area due to unseasonable conditions.

NSW RFS Inspector Guy Duckworth said local brigades have been called to a number of fires in recent weeks, including McGillivray Road, Bonny Hills.

"Current windy, dry conditions mean landowners need to be very careful when attempting any burning," Inspector Duckworth said.

Windy conditions are forecast from today (Friday) into the weekend and residents are asked to delay any burning they might have planned.

"Residents and landowners need to take care when using fire and remember it is their responsibility to control the fire so that it doesn't escape and cause damage.

"When undertaking burning activities, landholders need to ensure they can control the fire, and notify their neighbours and local fire authority 24-hours before lighting a fire."

Inspector Duckworth said residents planning to conduct hazard reduction burning should first contact their local fire control centre and check if a fire permit is required.

Residents are also reminded that all fire permits are suspended on a day of total fire ban.

Total fire ban information is posted daily at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Inspector Duckworth said all Mid North Coast residents should take the current conditions seriously and make sure they have a completed and practiced bush fire survival plan, in order to protect their family and property should they be threatened by fire.

"If you are not prepared for the bush fire season then you must act now," Inspector Duckworth said.

"Everyone should be using this time to prepare their property, which includes clearing gutters and removing fuel from around homes.

"All households should have a well practiced Bush Fire Survival Plan so residents know what to do, particularly on days of increased fire danger, because there is no room for complacency when it comes to bush fire safety."