The NSW Rural Fire Service has launched a new online portal for landholders planning to conduct burn offs on their properties.
The portal allows NSW residents to notify the RFS of their intentions to conduct hazard reduction burns using their mobile phones, tablets or computers.
NSW RFS district manager, superintendent Kam Baker, said by using the new tool, landholders could help prevent unnecessary emergency calls.
"As we approach the bushfire season, many landholders are taking the opportunity to burn off - but it's important they do it safely and let us and their neighbours know," he said.
"Landholders need to make sure they've obtained any required permits and permissions, as well as notifying neighbours and fire authorities 24 hours before lighting up.
"This tool makes it easier to notify the NSW RFS before conducting your burn. If fire services know about it, it can help prevent unnecessary emergency calls and firefighters from being responded."
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In addition to notifying the RFS, the new tool will also advise landholders when total fire bans are in place and burn offs cannot be conducted.
Superintendent Baker said landholders were encouraged to reduce fuel loads on their properties, but safe and lawful practices needed to be adhered to.
"Before lighting any fire you need to have adequately prepared fire breaks and have firefighting equipment on hand to ensure the fire does not escape," he said.
"Every landholder has a responsibility to prevent fire spreading from their property and there can be serious consequences for people who light fires and leave them unattended."
Landholders can access the new portal here.
Landholders can also continue to notify the NSW RFS by contacting their local Fire Control Centre.
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