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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