General Approval to Burn
The NSW Rural Fire Service has advised that the Bush Fire Danger period commences on 1 October 2022 and will be in force until 31 March 2023, or unless otherwise extended by RFS.
A person who lights a fire without the required approvals is guilty of an offence, with penalties including large fines and/or imprisonment.
Every landholder has a responsibility to prevent fire from spreading from their property and there can be serious consequences for people who light fires and leave them unattended. A requirement of the approval process is that there must be a responsible adult in attendance at all times that the fire is alight. An escaped hazard reduction can be very difficult for firefighters to contain.
Penalties for Offences
Failure to comply with any approval may result in an on the spot fine of $500 for an individual or $1,000 for a corporation. In the event of a prosecution, the maximum penalty is $5,500 for an individual and $11,000 for a corporation.
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