RFS urge harvesters to monitor conditions amid increased fire risk

Due to an increased fire risk,  NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) is requesting all harvest operators immediately stop and check weather conditions before deciding whether it is safe to continue. 

RFS advise harvest operators: 

  • Stop: Stop Harvesting Operations
  • Check: Check weather conditions, check the grain harvesting guide, and check your equipment.
  •  Decide: Only resume operations if safe to do so and regularly reassess the conditions.

Under the current conditions, fires will start easily and spread rapidly. They have the potential to threaten life and property, as well as destroying millions of dollars’ worth of crop and equipment.

The NSW RFS appreciates the cooperation of farmers on days of heightened fire danger. Stopping harvesting until weather conditions ease lowers the risk of fires breaking out and can prevent a great deal of damage.

For information on Harvest Safety Alerts and the Grain Harvesting Guide visit: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/harvesting-guide