Frequent rain helps firefighters
VOLUNTEER firefighters in the Clarence Valley have had good reason to rejoice recently.
The first two weeks of summer have seen minimal fire activity, meaning Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers have been able to spend more time at home with their families in the lead-up to Christmas.
NSW RFS Clarence Valley district manager Superintendent Stuart Watts hopes it stays that way, for everyone's sake.
He said the frequent rain making its way through the region had so far played a big part in keeping things quiet on the firefighting front this month.
"The rain has brought a welcome relief to firefighting activities and the fire-fighters are rejoicing," Supt Watts said.
"We've just attended a few incidents over the past few weeks."
In an effort to try and keep fire activity minimal during the Christmas holiday period, all fire permits across the Clarence Valley will be suspended from Friday December 19 to Wednesday, January 7.
No new permits will be issued during this timeframe.
"A lot of people visit the region in that period, and in a lot of cases it could be difficult to get crews out at that time," Supt Watts said.
"It's a good time for volunteers to have a well-deserved rest, and it's only two weeks out of the year.
"(Usually) whatever needs to be burnt can be burnt outside this timeframe."