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Fire permits needed for planned burns

Wednesday 24-Oct-2018 10:04

The Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents permits to burn are not available and it is illegal to light a fire within an Emergency Response Area without a permit.

Hazard Abatement and Bush Fire Mitigation Officer Paul Rubie said a rising number of people have been caught illegally lighting fires.

“There has been an increasing number of enquiries regarding permits following some recent rainfalls,” Station Officer Rubie said.

“We’ve had multiple large fires over the past two months. Just because we’ve had some rain, it doesn’t mean there’s a reduced risk of fire danger to the district.”

Permits to burn are not currently available and will not be for some time. NTFRS will continue to monitor weather and environmental conditions.

“On Monday we carried out a prescribed burn at Hidden Valley to test how dry the area is,” Station Officer Rubie said.

“It burnt extremely well and hot, which proves that current conditions aren’t suitable for granting permits.”

The NTFRS Chief Fire Officer will notify members of the public when permits are available

People caught lighting fires illegally will be fined more than $600 under the Fire and Emergency Act 2016:

  • Light fire without a Permit ($620 + $40 Victims Levy)
  • Fail attempt extinguish Unlawful fire  ($620)
  • Fail to report Unlawful fire ($620)