THE bushfire danger period for Singleton starts tomorrow.
Any person wishing to light a fire in rural areas will require a permit.
Town areas require a fire permit all year round.
Anybody wishing to light a fire on their property during the bushfire danger period will require a permit from the local Rural Fire Service brigade permit issuing officer.
Contact details can be obtained from the fire control centre on 6574 5186.
This number is answered 24 hours a day.
“With weather conditions becoming more conducive to the spread of fire, people need to be extremely careful when using fire,” said Hunter Valley team manager, Superintendent Paul Jones.
“However, even with a permit you need to check the fire danger rating and whether a total fire ban is in place before lighting any fires.”
Supt Jones is also encouraging residents to have a bushfire survival plan, that can be downloaded from www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, so all members of the household know what to do on days of increased fire danger and if their home is threatened by fire.
Residents should also continue with hazard reduction activities.
“Residents also need to ask whether they need a bushfire hazard reduction certificate.
“Never leave a fire unattended and if a fire does escape, it is essential to call 000 immediately so that emergency services can respond accordingly and minimise the damage.”