LOCAL fire authorities are reminding Shoalhaven residents that the official bushfire danger period (BFDP) begins this Sunday, September 1.
During the BFDP anyone wanting to light a fire will need a permit in the Shoalhaven.
“With conditions becoming more conducive to its spread, people need to be extremely careful when using fire,” said Rural Fire Service Superintendant Mark Williams.
“Anybody wishing to light a fire on their property during the bush fire danger period will require a permit which can be obtained free of charge from their local fire station or Fire Control Centre.
“However, permit holders still need to adhere to permit conditions as well as monitor weather conditions in their area.
“Also, they need to check whether a total fire ban or very high fire danger is in place before lighting any fires.”
The bushfire danger period in the Shoalhaven continues until March 31.
Authorities have again issued a warning about local burn-offs, with escaped fires continuing to frustrate local crews which were called out to four separate fires in the Burrier area on Monday night.
The fires were all reported within two kilometres of each other on Yalwal and Burrier roads.
One had been left unattended by a property owner, while another fire which was burning on the cliff edge beside Burrier Road is under investigation.
Volunteer firefighters also spent about 40 minutes battling a blaze off Comerong Island Road at Terara last night.
A pile burn flared up in the strong winds and escaped into adjoining grassland.
Yesterday afternoon crews were called to another pile burn-off that escaped on land near Moss Vale Road, adjacent to the turn off to Main Road, Cambewarra.
In recent weeks crews have attended blazes in Nowra, Bomaderry, Berry, Bawley Point and Milton.
Supt Williams encouraged residents to have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, so all members of the household knew what to do on days of increased fire danger and if their home was threatened by fire.
“With the current winds and increased fire activity we have seen across the region over the past couple of weeks, people need to be vigilant around fire and make sure that on completion of the burn, all remaining materials are extinguished,” he said.
“We have all seen the devastation that bushfires can bring to a community, so I strongly urge people to make contact with their local brigades, who are only too willing to provide expert fire advice and assistance to landholders in planning and preparing for what looks like a long, hot and dry summer.
“Remember, never leave a fire unattended and if a fire does escape, it is essential to call triple-0 immediately so that emergency services can respond accordingly and minimise the damage.”