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Official Bush Fire Danger Period comes to a close in NSW

Luke Grant

Whilst many were busy munching on chocolate and attending church services this Easter weekend, the NSW Rural Fire Service had a significant event of its own.

The final weekend of March saw the official Bush Fire Danger Period come to an end in NSW.

It was an especially busy season for the NSW RFS, with firefighters from all agencies responding to more than 13, 000 bush and grass fires since July 1 last year.

Despite the high volume, no deaths were connected to bush fires.

“Thankfully we haven’t seen any lives lost due to bush fires this season. This is phenomenal, considering some of the significant fires we have seen,” says James Morris from the RFS.

“Well done to the community for being prepared and safe and making the right decision when it comes to bush fire survival.”

Though the season has reached its conclusion, the RFS is calling on people to remain vigilant throughout the off season.

“A lot of people think that the summer period is over, which means that the danger is over. However, we’re still seeing these warm days and these windy conditions. This is conducive for those fires to burn and fairly fast.”

The need to keep up fire safety measures is being emphasised.

“The main things people can do is continue to maintain and look after your property. Things like keeping grass and paddocks to a level that is manageable and removing combustible materials away from your home.”

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Luke Grant