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Fire operational update 2016-17

Friday, 30th June 2017

Fire operational update 2016-17

The latest climate outlook from the Bureau of Meteorology points towards below average winter (June to August) rainfall across the state. Winter daytime temperatures are also likely to be warmer than average for the southern half of Australia. These conditions are expected to see increased opportunity for hazard reduction burning.

Hazard reduction burns are planned well in advance and prepared to minimise the impact on the environment and the community. Before lighting a hazard reduction burn, fire agencies and land managers consider weather forecasts and conditions, any impact on the community, and the need to complete this important work to help reduce the risk of destructive fires. They will not remove the threat of fire or the need for you and your family to be prepared.

While the best information and forecasts available are used, sometimes it’s difficult to predict where smoke will spread and what kind of impact it will have on the community. The NSW RFS has recently been working with partner agencies including the Office of Environment and Heritage, Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Health and the Bureau of Meteorology to improve smoke modelling for planned burns, as well as communications protocols to ensure the community is adequately advised when there is likely to be significant amounts of smoke.

Information about planned hazard reduction burns occurring near you can be found on the NSW RFS website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/hr

This list is updated each week Thursday. You can also stay informed about fire incidents and activities attended by NSW RFS volunteers through the Fires Near Me mobile app and social media. See http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/stay-up-to-date

For more information on the weather outlook across NSW visit www.bom.gov.au/climate/outlooks

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