A Hazard Reduction Burn is a controlled burn that removes vegetation to help lower the risk of bushfires during the bushfire danger period. These activities occur between 1 April and 30 September each year in extreme and very high-risk areas according to the Singleton Bushfire Risk Management Plan.
Fire authorities such as Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW Rural Fire Service conduct hazard reduction burns on Council owned and managed land when required and once all environmental factors have been considered and addressed. National Parks and Wildlife Services, Crown Land, Forestry, Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council and residents also conduct hazard reduction burns during this time.
If you live in rural areas, you can request a permit to burn off small piles during the bushfire danger period from 1 October to 31 March each year. Permits are free of charge and can be obtained by contacting NSW Rural Fire Service. For more information visit NSW Rural Fire Service.