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Work will be commencing soon to change Fire Danger Rating signs across the MonaroYou may have already seen the Fire Danger Rating signs changing in your community – but did you know the way of working out the fire danger ratings has undergone its biggest change in more than 50 years?

- Previously fire danger ratings were based on two types of vegetation – bush and grass. The new system considers eight different types of vegetation.
- We’ve mapped vegetation across the entire country in greater detail.
- We’ve used our knowledge and experience of fires to build better models of fire behaviour.
- And we’ve used the views of more than 5000 people across Australia to design a simpler and more accurate system.

The new fire danger rating system starts 1 September. To find out more, talk to your local NSW RFS Brigade, or check the RFS website: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/newfdr #nswrfs
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Work will be commencing soon to change Fire Danger Rating signs across the Monaro

Issued at 4:52 pm Wednesday, 17 August 2022.
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS for people in parts of South Coast, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.
We do have a large number of burn notifications in areas of African Love Grass across the Monaro
Land owners are urged to actively patrol fires that have been recently alight or in which you are about to light. There is a possibility they could flare up under windy conditions.
This is a result of increased frost curing that leave grasses dry and easily ignited.
You must notify your neighbours and the RFS 24hrs before you light.
You can register your notification to burn on line to the RFS at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/BFDP/burn-notifications
Alternatively if you are having difficulties in doing this, ring the Cooma Fire Control Centre on ph 02-6455 0455 during business hours 9am-5pm, where we can enter the notification for you.
Dial 000 (triple zero) immediately if your fire escapes and you require assistance
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Issued at 4:52 pm Wednesday, 17 August 2022.
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS for people in parts of South Coast, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.
We do have a large number of burn notifications in areas of African Love Grass across the Monaro
Land owners are urged to actively patrol fires that have been recently alight or in which you are about to light. There is a possibility they could flare up under windy conditions.
This is a result of increased frost curing that leave grasses dry and easily ignited.
You must notify your neighbours and the RFS 24hrs before you light.
You can register your notification to burn on line to the RFS at https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/BFDP/burn-notifications 
Alternatively if you are having difficulties in doing this, ring the Cooma Fire Control Centre on ph 02-6455 0455 during business hours 9am-5pm, where we can enter the notification for you.
Dial 000 (triple zero) immediately if your fire escapes and you require assistance

Recruitment of NSW Rural Fire Service Mitigation crews has just begun. As a member of our Mitigation Crews, you can expect to undertake hazard reduction work, assist with AIDER (Assist Infirm, Disabled and Elderly Residents) program activities, work closely with internal and external stakeholders, and undertake operational and logistical support roles at incidents. The starting salary will be determined commensurate with skills and experience within the salary range.
We will be conducting Mitigation recruitment sessions in the following locations:

• Yass – 09:00-11:00 on Saturday the 20th August at the Swaggers Motor Inn Conference Centre, 35-43 Laidlaw St, Yass
• Tumut – 14:00-16:00 on Saturday 20th August at Club Tumut, 24-30 Richmond St, Tumut
• Cooma – 11:00-13:00 on Sunday 21st August at the Mitigation Hub, Unit 2, 18 Holland Rd, Polo Flat, Cooma
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Well done to the volunteers from the Monaro, we are currently on the 6th deployment, next crew will be departing this coming Tuesday 👏A big thank you to the NSW Rural Fire Service Volunteers lending a hand to help eradicate Varroa mite in the hunter region this morning. ... See MoreSee Less

Well done to the volunteers from the Monaro, we are currently on the  6th deployment, next crew will be departing this coming Tuesday 👏

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Thank you to our fantastic RFS volunteers assisting DPI with this.

Hope you're all OK, I imagine this specific gig was a different kind of tough <3

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You've probably seen the signs on the side of the road for the daily Fire Danger Rating.

From next month, a new national system of fire danger ratings is being switched on. From 1 September, wherever you are in Australia, you will be able to clearly understand bush fire risks and make appropriate decisions to keep you safe using the same signage system.

There are four levels - Moderate, High, Extreme and Catastrophic. And each level has clear information about what to do to stay safe.

Keep an eye out for the new signs in your community and learn more about the fire danger ratings at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/newfdr
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That’s good having a National system. But when will states share data. FiresNearMe doesn’t help when a fire is just across the border in Vic. I’ve had thick smoke and no fire show on the app, thinking the fire must be close but not reported, but it was in Vic. This is important for the Monaro area.

Last Saturday a number of grass fires broke out across the Monaro in what was described as a good day to burn. Just shows how volatile 100% frost cured grass can be. Follow the link to Before You Light that Fire for information on how to conduct a burn safely
www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0013/12451/Before-you-light-that-fire-2020.pdf
Remember before you light that fire you must notify your neighbours and the RFS 24hrs before.
You can register your notification to burn on line to the RFS at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/BFDP/burn-notifications
Call 000 immediately 📲📞 if you lose control of your fire
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Last Saturday a number of grass fires broke out across the Monaro in what was described as a good day to burn. Just shows how volatile 100% frost cured grass can be. Follow the link to Before You Light that Fire for information on how to conduct a burn safely
https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0013/12451/Before-you-light-that-fire-2020.pdf
Remember before you light that fire you must notify your neighbours and the RFS 24hrs before.
You can register your notification to burn on line to the RFS at https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/BFDP/burn-notifications
Call 000 immediately 📲📞 if you lose control of your fireImage attachment
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