RFS has brought forward season

IT’S official: the bushfire danger period will start a month early in Oberon after an extremely dry winter.

From September 1, residents in Oberon, Bathurst and Lithgow will need a permit to conduct any burning on their properties. 

NSW Rural Fire Service operational officer Rebecca Phillips said the early start was a result of the dry conditions the region experienced throughout winter. 

“We’ve had prolonged below average rainfall during winter, so it is all dry,” she said.

To obtain a permit to conduct burning, people need to contact NSW RFS on 1300 258 737.

“What we do then is contact their nearest permit officer, who will arrange a time for them,” Ms Phillips said. 

Residents will also need to notify the RFS and their neighbours at least 24 hours prior to the burning. ​