Due to a build up of combustible fuel, the annual fire danger period will be imposed on Singleton and surrounding areas a month early. As of September 1, burning off activities and open fires will require a permit, however small campfires will be exempt.
NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) community safety officer Sean Greenwood said it would be wise to still contact the RFS if people were unsure of their campfire activities.
A number of recent situations requiring an RFS response promted the RFS to bring their date of commencement forward from the traditional October 1 start.
While winter rain has been a welcomed bonus to Singleton, Mr Greenwood said it had promoted extra growth in the area, which has now fully cured (or browned) adding to the potential fire hazard.
Mr Grenwood said the RFS had been in consultation with the National Parks, State Forests and NSW Fire Brigade regarding potentially hazardous zones in the Singleton area.
“There is enough fuel around in most areas to go up if the conditions are right,” he said.
Although one long-range weather forecast suggest above average temperatures for Spring and Summer, Mr Greenwood said it was too early to say if weather would be harsh or kind come the peak of the fire season
For further information and permits contact Singleton RFS on (02) 65711577 or dial 000 in the event of a fire emergency.
EARLY CALL: Rural Fire Service community safety officer Sean Greenwood (pictured right) announces an early call to the fire season.