Bush Fire Danger Period to begin in northern NSW this weekend

The Bush Fire Danger Period is coming to northern NSW early this year, and residents are being urged to be prepared.

The BFDP will begin this Saturday (August 17) for Ballina, Byron and Tweed shires, as is expected to be a long and protracted fire season.

Adjoining Shires, including Richmond Valley, Lismore and Kyogle, will also commence their BFDP this Saturday.


During a BFDP, anyone wanting to light a fire has to require a permit. They’re free to obtain through your local Fire Control Centre.

Residents are also being urged to make their bush fire survival plans, and discuss them with friends and family.

Preparations include getting the property ready, by removing flammable materials from backyards, clearing leaves from gutters and checking hoses can reach all around the house.

NSW RFS Far North Coast Manager, Superintendent David Cook, says there a number of factors that are considered before declaring a BFDP.

“Warm and windy conditions across the Far North Coast are continuing to dry out vegetation very quickly, which is of great concern leading into the bush fire season”.

“We have also seen a significant increase in fire activity across northern NSW in the past week, particularly in Clarence Valley and Northern Rivers areas, with local resources being deployed to assist, ” Superintendent Cook said.

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