Rainfall ends bushfire danger in northern NSW

Some great news for residents in northern NSW, with favourable weather conditions leading to the early revocation of the bushfire danger period.

The NSW Rural Fire Service announced a short time ago that they will declare an early end to the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period in the Northern Rivers and Far North Coast regions, due to recent sustained rainfall.

This means that from Sunday 1st March, fire permits will no longer be required for the Ballina, Byron, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed Local Government Areas.


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The Bush Fire Danger Period was due to end on the 31 March 2020, but the Rural Fire Service said a decision had been made in consultation with local authorities and stakeholders, to end the season at the end of February due to mild weather.

“Even though a fire permit is no longer required, residents must still notify their neighbours and call the Burn Notification Line at least 24 hours before burning,” a NSW RFS spokesperson said.

“Before lighting up, people should also check with their local Fire Control Centre whether they need a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate, and have sufficient equipment on hand to control and contain the fire to their property.

“Despite the milder conditions, there is always the potential for fires to threaten life, property and the environment, if they are not managed correctly.”

For further information, residents of Kyogle, Lismore and Richmond Valley Shires can contact the Northern Rivers Fire Control Centre on (02) 6663 0000, and residents of Ballina, Byron and Tweed Shires can contact the Far North Coast Fire Control Centre on (02) 6671 5500.

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