Cudgen Fire fighters Nigel Hudson, Georgia Gilbertson and Robert Eglington .
Cudgen Fire fighters Nigel Hudson, Georgia Gilbertson and Robert Eglington . Blainey Woodham

Bushfire danger period rained on

WHILE a quarter of the state is considered at risk of bushfires, the Rural Fire Service has delayed the start of the Tweed Shire's bushfire danger period.

Fire permits will not be required until the end of the year, compared to last December when bushfires ravaged through more than 1000 hectares and threatened homes at Tanglewood.

RFS Far North Coast community safety officer, Superintendent Matt Inwood, said rainfall across the region had reduced the immediate threat of bushfires.

“The conditions have eased significantly, meaning after consultation with other agencies, we are in a position to temporarily suspend the bushfire danger period in Ballina, Byron, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed local government areas,” Supt Inwood said.

“Until the end of December, fire permits will no longer be required, l however landholders should continue to exercise the highest degree of caution and ensure appropriate safeguards are taken when conducting burning activities.”

Supt Inwood said with the easing conditions people were encouraged to prepare their properties and continue hazard reduction activities where possible.

“It can take only a few weeks of warm weather for the situation to change, so it's important that landholders continue their fire season preparations.

“Including constructing firebreaks and hazard reduction activities when conditions allow.

“While the bushfire danger period has been put on hold, there is no room for complacency.”



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