October, 2014

Information from Mangrove Mountain Rural Fire Brigade

 Burning off…Who do I contact?

  • What can I burn?
  • When can I burn?
  • Who do I have to tell?

These are questions that are often raised.

Because we live in an area that is serviced by either Wyong Shire Council or Gosford City Council, you need to ask the following clarifying question:

  • Who do you pay your Council rates to?

Generally speaking, this is your Council.

Once you have confirmed which Council area you live in then you should contact that Council for the rules of what you can burn and when.

No matter what the answer, you should always call the Rural Fire Service Fire Control Centre for your Council to discuss your plans with them.

The phone number for Gosford Fire Control Centre is 43402911.

The phone number for Wyong Fire Control Centre is 43943100.

Fire permits will be required for the period of 1st October, 2014 to 31st March, 2015 regardless of which council area you live in.

New penalties have been introduced and existing penalties increased for a range of offences, to help protect people and properties this bush fire season.  Check this link for more details:

http://rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/general-news/new-and-increased-fines-from-1-august

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August, 2013

August, 2013

WHAT CAN I BURN? 

Tips from Mangrove Mountain Rural Fire Brigade

 There are significant penalties placed by the State Government if you light an illegal fire, or if your fire escapes and causes damage to property or the environment. It is therefore essential that you are aware of the legal and safety requirements before you conduct a burn or use equipment that is likely to ignite a fire.

When lighting any fire you should make sure that you are wearing appropriate clothing, have a water supply available nearby and on-site and that you have a cleared area around the perimeter of the fire. You must also use all practical means to prevent or minimise air pollution.

So what can you burn?

Agricultural Burning: (Crops, Orchards or Livestock) burning of stubble, burning for pasture improvement, diseased crops, or dead animals.)

The property in question must be classified or zoned Agricultural by Gosford City Council.

24 Hours Notice MUST be given to the RFS District Office 43402911.

24 hours notice MUST be given to adjoining neighbours.

A Fire Safety Permit is required during the Bush Fire Danger Period.

Clearing of undisturbed bushland for agricultural purposes is NOT permitted without an environmental assessment or Development Approval.

Hazard Reduction: Protecting a property & assets from bush fires.

The property must be classified as bushfire prone i.e. have a significant area of bush on or near the property (within 100 metres) before the issuing of a certificate will be considered.

A Hazard Reduction Environmental Certificate must be obtained before any clearing or burning, this is required all year round. For an application pack contact the RFS District Office 43402911 or go to http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

Only natural vegetation can be burnt. Burning of rubbish is strictly prohibited. A Safety Fire Permit must also be obtained during the Bush Fire Danger Period.

Cooking/Camp fires including hangis are allowable in a properly constructed BBQ or a fireplace that is cleared 2 metres in all directions.

Fireworks displays are allowed providing the individual holds a WorkCover permit, or if the display is to be carried out by a licensed pyrotechnician. Exemptions must be obtained from RFS District Office if a Total Fire Ban has been declared.

Notification: 24 hours notice must be given to adjoining neighbours and the RFS District Office on 4340 2911 or local NSW Fire Brigade Station.

Total Fire Bans: (are announced for a 24hr period due to weather conditions) ALL open burning is prohibited. Gas or electric BBQs on domestic premises or approved reserves are permitted. For updates on Total Fire Bans go to http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au , http://www.bom.gov.au , or call the RFS District Office on 4340 2911.

PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES: the burning of garden refuse or clippings, treated timber, pallets, plastics, cardboard or building waste is strictly prohibited.

The above conditions apply regardless of whether the applicant receives a green waste collection or not. All other vegetative material not falling under the above categories must be taken to the tip, mulched or composted. For more information, contact the Council Health Inspector on 4325 8222 during normal business hours. 

Fire Safety Permits are required during the Bushfire Danger Period, usually 1st October to 31st March (Daylight Savings Period)

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Tips From Fire Brigade

TIPS FROM MANGROVE MOUNTAIN FIRE BRIGADE As the winter season approaches and the colder weather forces us to spend more time indoors, we use more heating, lighting and electrical appliances. This increases the risk of a fire starting in the home. Taking a few minutes to ensure smoke alarms are working properly could save valuable time for you and your family during an emergency. Smoke alarms can save lives but only if they are in proper working order. A smoke alarm with a flat battery is just as bad as no smoke alarm at all. It’s also essential for people to install smoke alarms in caravans, campervans and other moveable dwellings where people sleep under new laws introduced on 25 February 2011. The Mangrove Mountain Rural Fire Brigade urges you to take the following steps to ensure your safety during this time:

  • clean your smoke alarms regularly with the vacuum cleaner to keep them free from dust
  • test them every month by pressing the button with a broom handle to ensure they are working
  • once a year, replace the batteries

Do you have an indoor fire?

  • Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist.
  • Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
  • Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.
  • Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Use only seasoned hardwood.
  • Build small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.
  • Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in your fireplace or wood stove.
  • Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Never empty the ash directly into a garbage bin. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.
  • Stack firewood outdoors at least 10 metres away from your home.
  • Keep the roof clear of leaves and other debris.
  • Remove branches hanging above the chimney, flues or vents.

In the event of a fire, call Triple Zero (000) from a safe place and wait for fire fighters to arrive. For any further information on smoke alarms, indoor fire safety or bushfire plans, call in at the station on any Wednesday night from 7pm, or phone the station on 43741003 at that time, or phone 43402911 for assistance.

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February 2013

 

February 2013

Mangrove Mountain Rural Fire Brigade
Hasn’t this summer provided us with some hot days? According to the Bureau of Meteorology, it reached 39.80 on the January 8th, 42.20 on the 12th and 43.60 on the 18th.  No wonder we’re feeling the heat! Mangrove Mountain Rural Fire Brigade has been called out on 8 separate occasions so far this month. On 5 of those call-outs, both trucks attended. Your local volunteer brigade has been busy trying to assist in any way possible by responding to bush fire calls made by our vigilant locals. With the likelihood of possible bushfires in the months ahead, do you have a Bush Fire Survival Plan for your property? Your Bush Fire Survival Plan provides valuable information on preparing your home and yourself, and can help stop you from making rushed and dangerous decisions at the last moment. The NSW Rural Fire Service encourages you to complete your plan with your family, so everyone knows what they will do if a fire starts. For additional information, go to the NSW RFS website: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/ or NSW RFS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nswrfs or NSW RFS on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/nswrfs
The Mangrove Mountain Rural Fire Brigade can assist with a review of your property and you can contact us via 43402911 or just drop into the Fire Shed on Bloodtree Road on any Wednesday night.
REMEMBER, PLANNING TO MAKE A PLAN IS NOT A PLAN

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