Firefighters have urged farmers to be extra careful this year when undertaking planned burn as heavy rainfall in the southern Riverina has resulted in long grass and heavy stubbles post-harvest.
Operations Officer Reynir Potter said landowners must apply for fire permits until the fire danger period ends at the end of March. Fines apply.
"Permits provide conditions to landowners to safely conduct grass and stubble burning and prevent accidental escapes which impact neighbouring properties," Mr Potter said.
"Landholders should be more cautious this year as grass loads are higher than average and fire breaks will be less effective.
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"To prevent our volunteers from responding to controlled burns, it is also a requirement for permit holders to notify the Rural Fire Service 24 hours prior to lighting their fire. Many landowners find it quick and easy to do this on the RFS website."
Senior volunteers are anxious about the risk of escaped fires this year said Mulwala based Group Officer Tim Dowling.
"It's pretty simple, if you don't think you can keep the fire in your paddock, don't light the fire," Mr Dowling said.
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