With the Oberon area sprinkled with state forests and national parks, of course it is always important to be bushfire safety conscious.
During the warmer months, it is possible that there may be fire safety precautions or even a total fire ban in place in the Oberon district.
A total fire ban is declared on days when there is extreme fire danger, such as days where there is a combination of dry vegetation and hot, dry and windy weather. In this situation, fires cannot be lit in the open and all fire permits are cancelled. Gas or electric barbecues can be used but only on residential properties within 20 metres of a house or dwelling, using a Council, National Parks and Wildlife or State Forest approved appliance in a picnic area, if two metres around the barbecue is cleared of all combustible materials, and there is a close by and continuous supply of water available.
During cooler months, National Parks and Wildlife and the Rural Fire Service may carry out hazard reduction burns to in preparation for summer to reduce the risk of bushfires.
Roads and national parks may be closed during hazard reduction burns and bushfire seasons, so to check road closures go to http://www.oberon.nsw.gov.au/ , and to check national parks closures visit http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/FireClosure.aspx
Please be fire conscious during the summer months, including being careful with campfires and cigarette butts, and help keep our beautiful area safe from bushfires.