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Illegal O’Connell burn-offled to a $4400 penalty

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A PROPERTY owner at O’Connell has beenissued with $4400 worth of penalty noticesfor lighting an illegal burn that put a volunteerfirefighter in hospital last December.

The man lit a fire on his property duringhot, windy weather on December 14, but itquickly got out of control.

It spread rapidly to neighbouring propertiesand forced the evacuation of the area.

The fire was determined to be such athreat that extensive resources were directedto it, including multiple NSW Rural Firebrigades, two fixed-wing aircraft and a waterbombinghelicopter.

In the end, the fire burnt though 250hectares of private and Crown land and animmediate police investigation waslaunched.

NSW Rural Fire Service SuperintendentGreg Wardle said while property owners areentitled to conduct burns, this one was illegal.

He said members of the public must abideby the law when conducting any hazardreduction burns on their properties.

“Penalties apply for failing to notify theNSW RFS and your neighbours that you areplanning to light a fire, for allowing fires toescape or by not abiding by the conditions ofa fire permit,” he said.

Superintendent Wardle said the penaltynotices the property owner received were fornot having a valid permit, for not notify hisneighbours or the RFS, and for letting the fireescape his property.

“The fire escaped from the land owner’sproperty and spread to many nearby properties,”he said.

“RFS crews spent several days protectingresidents and property from the initial firethreat and to extinguish residual hot spots.”

Superintendent Wardle said the RFS hadprovided information to the public on howto conduct safe burning on their land forhazard reduction.

“The decision to impose penalty noticeson the land owner was taken after consultationwith NSW Police Force,” he said.

“It is hoped that this instance helps toconvey the message to other land ownersregarding the importance of having a safe,and legal, fire on their property.”

Superintendent Wardle said the RFSunderstands and supports the safe use of firefor agricultural reasons and/or to removefallen debris, however it must be done withinlaw.

Fire permits are required from October 1until March 31 each year.

To apply for a fire permit, or arrange aBush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate, callyour local Fire Control Centre.

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