Fire and Rescue NSW is urging residents to keep their backyards clear and water supplies accessible if they are to operate barbecues.
Multiple units responded to a backyard fire on Alldis Avenue in Lavington on Saturday evening.
Neighbours told The Border Mail a barbecue had started a fire that spread to grass and rubbish in the backyard.
Fire and Rescue NSW regional zone commander Stewart Alexander said three crews responded just before 5pm and the fire was brought under control within half an hour.
"We received a lot of triple zero calls, given the smoke," he said.
"There was a fire in the rear yard and fortunately, no properties were under threat.
"It's important, not only during a bushfire danger period, but at all times to be really alert about any unattended fire, particularly cooking.
"Make sure a barbecue is clear of any flammable material by at least two metres, always have a responsible adult monitoring it, and have a water supply close-by."
Superintendent Alexander said any backyard burn-offs or fires would require a permit from the Rural Fire Service.
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"During the bushfire danger period, you need a permit even if you're in an urban area," he said.
"Fire can spread quickly and though it was relatively cool, it was still very windy and dry conditions."
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