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Start of bushfire season in the Hunter Valley

Publish Date 30/08/2019

NSW RFS declares start of bush fire danger period in Lower Hunter.

September 1 is the official start of the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) for 2019 and the NSW Rural Fire Service is urging Lower Hunter Residents to prepare for the fire season now.

While October 1 would normally be the official commencement of the 2019 bush fire season, but most areas are commencing their danger period early due to continuing dry conditions.

The NSW RFS are urging residents to complete a Bush Fire Survival Plan and ensure 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 prepare their property by:

  • removing flammable materials from yards
  • clearing leaves from gutter
  • checking hoses
  • conducting hazard reduction activities

During the Bush Fire Danger Period any person wishing to light a fire will require a permit in the following local government areas:

  • Port Stephens
  • Dungog
  • Maitland
  • Cessnock

On days of total fire bans, all Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificates are automaticallt revoked. To check the fire danger ratings for your area visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or contact your local Fire Control Centre.