Catastrophic fire conditions predicted

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has warned residents in Goulburn Mulwaree, Upper Lachlan and Yass Valley LGA to be vigilant as fire danger in the area begins to escalate. 

With fire activity on the rise and weather conditions becoming increasingly hot, dry and windy, Peter Dyce Community Safety Officer said people need to be extremely careful when working in the open with machinery.

“Many fires start as a result of human activities, including working with machinery, and the risk of more fires is high in these extremely dry conditions.

“Large, dangerous fires can start from something as simple as a spark from grinding, welding, soldering or gas cutting, so we urge anyone conducting these activities to take every available precaution to avoid causing a fire.

“Holidaymakers should ensure before lighting campfires that a Total Fire Ban is not in place and that all camp fires are completely extinguished before going to sleep or leaving the area.

The NSW RFS has already been called to a number of significant fires and smaller incidents in the Southern Tablelands area, which firefighters believe were sparked by machinery and lightning.

“Landholders should consider moving stock to paddocks with reduced grass and crop growth well before the heat of the day,” said Peter Dyce Community Safety Officer

“Extra vigilance and care can lower the risk of fires breaking out, and can prevent a great deal of damage,”

All residents and holiday-makers should have a well practised Bush Fire Survival Plan, so they’re prepared to make life saving decisions quickly in the event of a fire.

For more information contact SOUTHERN TABLELANDS ZONE on 62263100 or visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

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