A SUSPENSION of fire permits due to be lifted today has been extended.

The Rural Fire Service has advised residents in the New England and Northern Tablelands that permits put in place at 8am on Wednesday and due to cease today will now be enforced until 10am on Tuesday.

The service also reminds residents that a total fire ban for the New England zone covering Armidale, Guyra, Uralla and Walcha local government areas was still in place.

RFS Superintendent Steve Mepham said fire permits would remain suspended in the New England and Northern Tablelands region over the coming days.

He said this was due to significant fire activity in the area and the Bureau of Meteorology’s predictions of strong winds.

“Very strong winds together with the current high grass fuel loads are a significant concern for firefighting authorities atthe moment,” Superintendent Mepham said.

“Suspensions apply to Tenterfield, Inverell, Glen Innes, Guyra, Armidale Dumaresq, Walcha and Uralla council areas.”

Superintendent Mepham said under the current period of increased fire danger, farmers could play an important role in preventing fires from breaking out.

“We’re asking all landowners to take extreme care over the coming days, being mindful of the risks and observing the suspension of fire permits will help reduce the number of escaped fires in our local community,” he said.

He urged residents to review information on current and forecast fire danger ratings in their area by visiting the website, or alternatively, to contact their local RFS should they have any questions about permits.

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