SPIKE IN UNAUTHORISED YARD FIRES

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) units across the Dubbo local government area (LGA) have recently responded to several 000 calls to unauthorised yard fires.

The burning of rubbish in town including but not limited to general waste, raked piles of leaves, grass cuttings, tree cuttings is prohibited under Part 3 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010, unless written permission is given by the governing authority (Local Council) to allow the burn to take place and a permit is issued by FRNSW for the safe lighting of the fire.

See Division 3 Control of burning in local government areas in the link below for more information at this webpage; Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010

The only fires permitted in town are those for the purpose of cooking or small solid fueled (wood) fires in a properly constructed cooker. Small campfires in properly constructed fire pits using seasoned wood are permitted, so long as the smoke does not annoy neighbours.

Bonfires are not permitted in the town area.

LGAs listed in Schedule 8 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010 support the no burn policy. Dubbo and Wellington are listed in Schedule 8.

A person who lights a yard fire in town, with the exception of those for the purpose of cooking using small solid fueled (wood) fires in a properly constructed cooker or small recreational campfires in properly constructed fire pits using only seasoned wood, may be subject to penalties.

Residents who are affected by smoke pollution should contact Dubbo Regional Council and have it addressed under the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010.

At all times if you notice an unattended fire that is at risk to life & property, ring 000 immediately.

Last Edited: 09 Jun 2022

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