‘No tolerance’ policy to fire fiends
AUTHORITIES are cracking down on Tweed Shire residents lighting fires without permits.
Rural Fire Service Far North Coast Superintendent David Cook said there had been half-a-dozen incidents in the past week in which people had lit fires without a permit, or had not appropriately notified their neighbours before lighting a fire.
Supt Cook said the fines had recently doubled to $1100 for lighting a fire with no permit during the fire danger period, with the same amount for failing to notify the RFS and all adjacent neighbours.
He said with recent dry, windy conditions, lighting a fire was not acceptable and authorities were taking a “no tolerance” approach.
He said police were following up on the recent incidents.
For fire danger information, visit rfs.nsw.gov.au and bom.gov.au.