TOTAL FIRE BAN
FIRE DANGER RATINGS
Bush fire danger ratings are issued during the bush fire danger period.
Fire Danger Ratings give you an indication of the consequences of a fire, if one was to start. The higher the fire danger, the more dangerous the conditions. You should use the Fire Danger Ratings as a trigger to take action.
For more information on Fire Danger Ratings http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fdr-and-tobans
For more information on Fire Ban Rules http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fdr-and-tobans/total-fire-ban-rules
Safety and compliance during harvest is extremely important. All vehicle operators need to be aware of their responsibilities to ensure that all requirements have been applied for the safety on our roads.
Driving through the dust storm
Due to prolonged drought, we are experiencing frequent wind storms that have potential to carry soil out of our often bare and dry paddocks. It is extremely dangerous to drive during poor conditions caused by a dust storm. We advise to find a safe parking spot and wait through the worse visibility conditions. Heavy dust storms usually do not last long. Do not stop your car on the road as you risk someone hitting your back. Make sure you close all the car windows and if possible, turn on Closed Air cycle mode.
Livestock on roads
Be mindful of these signs along the local roads.
This means that you may encounter the livestock – cattle and sheep – crossing the road. They are usually accompanied by stock workers and dogs and it may get slightly crowded a times. But do not panic, just slow down and move along, the stock will most likely move when you approach them.
Beware of “Stock Grids”
If you are travelling through some of the inland farming areas, stock is often controlled by grids on the road. If the grid is damaged it can cause punctures or suspension damage, so slow down when you drive over them. Also, as vehicles will be breaking when coming up to the grid, this creates more wear on the road surface leading to potholes.