FIREFIGHTERS were on guard during Saturday's hazard reduction burns in Lloyd with grass fires remaining a concern despite this year's predicted wet summer.
Rural Fire Service volunteers and Fire and Rescue NSW personnel worked strategically to complete the joint operation safely as winds picked up throughout the day.
Riverina RFS operations officer Bradley Stewart said on days when the weather presents an elevated risk, the potential for fires to occur still remains regardless of recent above-average rainfall.
Mr Stewart said this was evident during Saturday's hazard reduction.
"As opposed to sitting on our laurels and just letting [hazard reduction burning] move around and burn out the grass, we had to be very strategic about where we applied the fire in order to manage it with the wind," he said.
"People shouldn't assume [there's no risk] because we've had large amounts of rain.
"Grass fires can occur with little or no warning at all and may threaten people's homes and property before the fire trucks can even arrive."
Mr Stewart's warning extended to those who haven't been following the rules while burning off during the bushfire danger period.
"We've seen several instances as of late of people burning off in the wider area who have failed to obtain a fire permit," he said.
"We've spoken to some landowners, and they've genuinely not been aware of their legal obligations ... please, if you're not sure, ask."
The public is reminded that it is a legal requirement to obtain a fire permit to undertake any burning off, and those found in breach of the rules may face significant fines or jail time.
Those operating harvesting machinery are also asked to monitor for safety alerts this harvest season to avoid any risk of accidental ignitions.
If you see a fire that is unattended, contact 000.
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