06 Oct 2020 - Rod Campbell
Campers in Central Tablelands State forests are asked to switch to gas fires from today until further notice.
The ban applies immediately, meaning campfires and barbecues using wood, charcoal or other solid fuel are now banned in Central Tablelands State forests due to the risk of bushfires.
The solid fuel fire ban will stay in place until the threat of bushfire eases, said Forestry Corporation‘s Fire and Stewardship Manager, Tijmen Klootwijk.
“All fires using solid fuels, such as wood or charcoal, are now banned until further notice,” he said.
“This ban applies every day, not just on days when total fire bans are declared, so we are asking people who are planning to camp in the forests over the summer to bring gas appliances.
“Visitors should also be prepared for days when total fire bans are declared, as all fires including gas fires will be prohibited on those days.
“These bans improve safety for campers and communities in the region, and they have also potentially helped save many thousands of hectares of forests from destructive fires.”
Signs informing forest users of the solid fuel fire ban will be placed on major roads leading into the State forests and camping areas affected by the restrictions.
Failure to comply with solid fuel fire ban restrictions carries a maximum penalty of $2,200.
For more information about the fire ban, contact Forestry Corporation’s Bathurst office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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