Campers asked to switch to gas fires
Forests NSW is urging campers and visitors to its pine plantation in the Monaro Region around Moss Vale and Bombala to take great care as the risk of bush fires increases.
Forests NSW Resource Protection and Infrastructure manager based at Bombala, Jason Vincent, said a Solid Fuel Fire Ban was now in force to help prevent bush fires.
“High fuel loads mean we are facing a very challenging fire season, and visitors to the forests can’t afford to be complacent when it comes to lighting a campfire,” he said.
“The Solid Fuel Fire Ban restricts the use of open fires. Under the ban, all fires using solid fuels such as wood or charcoal are prohibited.
“We are asking campers coming into the forests during the summer to bring gas appliances.
“Gas appliances are not affected by the Solid Fuel Fire Ban, but care should still be taken when using them in the forests.
“Banning solid fuel campfires in the plantations not only helps prevent the chance of a fire escaping and destroying a very valuable forest resource, it also greatly improves safety for our forest visitors.
“We are aware that a traditional campfire is part of the experience that many forest users enjoy, but right now the risk of an escape from such a fire is just too great.”
Mr Vincent said the Solid Fuel Fire Ban in State forests applies every day throughout the summer and not just on days of declared Total Fire Ban.
“Campers also need to be prepared for Total Fire Ban days, when the use of gas and gas appliances is prohibited,” he said.
The Solid Fuel Fire Ban will stay in place until fuel moisture conditions change appreciably.
Failure to comply with Solid Fuel Fire Ban restrictions carries a maximum penalty of $2200.
For further information please contact Forests NSW Bombala office on (02) 6458 3177.
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