Southern Highlands residents are reminded that backyard burning approvals will cease from midnight 30 September 2013 in line with the peak bushfire danger period.
Backyard burning is currently permitted on properties greater than 4,000 square metres in the major towns of Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale until the end of the September deadline. Backyard burning is not permitted in the three towns on properties less than 4000 square metres or in medium density zones.
Residents outside of the three main towns in rural areas and outlying villages can currently burn dead or dry vegetation generated as a result of normal property maintenance but will need a Fire Permit once the Bush Fire Danger period officially begins on 1 October.
Anyone wishing to burn in accordance with these approvals must ensure they notify neighbours, minimise smoke, attend to the fire at all times and have a water source available to extinguish the fire.
“With spring now upon us and the warmer weather on the way, it’s a timely reminder that even small burns can quickly get out of control and have devastating consequences,” said Wingecarribee Shire Mayor, Councillor Juliet Arkwright.
“It’s therefore imperative that we all adhere to the NSW Rural Fire Service regulations to safeguard our Shire from the threat of bushfire.”
Fines of up to $500 for individuals apply for breaches of the ban.
For more information visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/services/environment/backyard-burning or to report an illegal burn phone 4868 0888.
For furher information on fire bans and permits and general fire safety visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.