Fire season extends for parts of NSW as fire threat continues


With an increased risk of grass fires continuing across large parts of the state, the bush fire danger period is being extended in 44 local government areas across NSW.

Commissioner of the RFS Rob Rogers said the end of March normally marks the end of the bush fire danger period but with high fuel loads and warmer than average temperatures, fire restrictions will continue in many areas.

“In the last month alone, firefighters have worked on more than 850 bush and grass fires burning over 66,000 hectares,” he said.

“Fire activity in March accounts for almost 50% of the hectares burnt across the whole fire season.

“Unfortunately, eight homes, 15 outbuildings and hundreds of livestock have been lost across firegrounds however hundreds more homes and buildings have been saved due to the actions of firefighters and landholders.

Commissioner Rogers said research commissioned by the RFS shows one in two people in NSW have taken action to prepare their property for the threat of bush and grass fire.

“I remind all landholders and residents of the need to have a well prepared property and importantly discuss their bush fire survival plan and know what they’ll do if threatened by fire,” he said.

“Fire Permits are no longer required for those in areas outside the Bush Fire Danger Period. For those in areas where the Bush Fire Danger Period has been extended, fire permits will still be required and you must notify neighbours and local fire authorities 24 hours before lighting up.

“Given the prevailing dry conditions, it is vital when conducting a burn on your property it is safe to do so and make sure that you comply with the rules, even if you have conducted burns on your property for years.

“Don’t be the fire risk to your community, know your obligations if conducting burns and know the costs if you do the wrong thing, but most importantly, if a fire does get out of hand, make sure you report it immediately to Triple Zero (000)

Commissioner Rogers also acknowledged the more than 5,000 RFS members deployed to support the NSW SES and local brigades with storm and flood operations over the season as well.

“Thank you to every one of our members for their ongoing commitment to prepare and protect communities across NSW,” he said.

“As the threat of bush and grass fires lingers, I am encouraged by their willingness to do what they can, time and time again and the residents of NSW are better for it.

“Our volunteers could also not do what they do without the support and encouragement of families, friends, colleagues and employers and so I thank them as well.”

The following areas have extended the Bush Fire Danger Period:

LGAsExtended to
Carrathool, Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera16 April 2023
Coolamon, Junee, Lockhart, Wagga Wagga16 April 2023
Albury City, Berrigan, Federation, Greater Hume16 April 2023
Gilgandra, Warrumbungle30 April 2023
Bathurst, Lithgow, Oberon30 April 2023
Mid-Western Regional30 April 2023
Bourke, Brewarrina, Central Darling, Cobar, Unincorporated30 April 2023
Gunnedah, Liverpool Plains, Upper Hunter30 April 2023
Forbes, Lachlan, Parkes, Weddin30 April 2023
Snowy Monaro Regional30 April 2023
Gwydir, Moree Plains, Narrabri30 April 2023
Bogan, Coonamble, Walget, Warren 30 April 2023
Glenn Innes Severn, Inverell, Tenterfield30 April 2023
Tamworth30 April 2023

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