FRNSW Laurieton captain, Les King warns community to seek permits for any fires

STILL DANGER: Despite the Bushfire Danger Period ending Fire and Rescue NSW still require fire permits in urban areas.
STILL DANGER: Despite the Bushfire Danger Period ending Fire and Rescue NSW still require fire permits in urban areas.

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is reminding Mid North Coast residents living in urban areas they still require a fire permit to light fires at any time of the year.

FRNSW Laurieton captain, Les King, said residents living within the town boundaries of Laurieton, Wauchope and Port Macquarie must comply with a different set of regulations than people living on rural properties.

"Most local councils on the Mid North Coast have a 'no burn policy' under the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010," Mr King said.

"This is a year-round requirement for urban areas and is not influenced by the end of the Bushfire Danger Period."

Mr King said residents wishing to burn off green waste in urban areas first need to obtain approval from their local council, before obtaining a fire permit from their nearest FRNSW fire station.

"Residents are provided with green bins for the removal of clippings and green waste, so there should be minimal need to burn off waste in urban areas," he said.

"People are permitted to have a woodfired barbecue and recreational fires for heating, provided they use dry seasoned timber to minimise smoke."

Mr King warned that FRNSW firefighters could extinguish any unauthorised fires in urban areas and councils could issue fines to offenders.

Residents wanting more information about fire restrictions and permits in urban areas of Laurieton, Wauchope or Port Macquarie should contact their local council, FRNSW fire station or click here.

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