Bushfire warning as hazard reductions get out of control

ESCAPED hazard reductions on private property on the weekend have prompted a reminder from firefighters for the public to take more care.
Nanjing Night Net

Bushfire season starts tomorrow and, while a permit can be obtained to conduct a hazard reduction,the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) say greater care needs to be taken.

On Saturday a blaze broke out at Lucky Downs, 15 kilometres north of Orange, after a property owner failed to properly extinguish a fire lit on Friday.

Just after noon on Sunday a burn-off at Millthorpe also escaped containment lines on private property, leading to a one-hectare blaze.

RFS Canobolas Zone fire mitigation officer Geoff Selwood said both fires had the ability to cause damage to surrounding properties and stock.

Mr Selwood said wind gusts of up to 50km/h on Saturday helped to reignite the Lucky Downs burn, leading to a 18-hectare blaze.

“It looked like it was out and then the strong winds came up on Saturday and it got going,” he said.

“They were started on private lands and at no stage were any properties under threat.”

Mr Selwood said greater care needed to be taken and people must stay in attendance at all times during the burn.

“They’ve got to stay on-site while the fire’s burning,” he said.

“You need to make sure everything is out. Please ensure that your fires are out when they’re no longer attended.”

Mr Selwood said particular care needed to be taken with smouldering logs or trees within the burnt area.

“A log can burn for a few days,” he said.

“If it gets into the tree roots it can burn for years … it can burn away and pop up in the middle of January in a paddock of grass.”

Mr Selwood said October and November were traditionally windy months and people needed to be extra vigilant that all fireshad been properly extinguished.

Bushfire season in the Canobolas Zone of Orange, Cabonne, Blayney and Cowra councils, runs from October 1, 2013to March 31, 2014.

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ESCAPED hazard reductions on private property on the weekend have prompted a reminder from firefighters for the public to take more care.

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