My hive is in NSW, Australia. The weather has been hot and dry recently. For those of you in other parts of the world, you should be aware that bushfires are a very real and major threat in Australia. Many people lose their lives every year due to bushfires. We in Australia are twitchy about fires and have some very strict laws about when we can light a fire including a bee smoker.
There was a Total Fire Ban yesterday in my area, but tomorrow there is no fire ban. However, it is still a declared Fire Danger Period.
As I understand it, it is totally illegal to use a smoker during a Total Fire Ban. It is legal to use a smoker during a Fire Danger Period, user certain conditions - cleared area, area wetted down nearby, availability of water and fire-fighting equipment, fire-proof container.
I am planning to open my hive tomorrow for the first time in a few weeks, and will use the smoker. I will notify my neighbours (people often, and rightly, report fires at the first whiff of smoke unless they are forewarned). My hive is in a rural area, and neighbours a several hundred meters away.
My question: is it a legal requirement in NSW to notify my council or local fire service prior to using a smoker during the Fire Danger Period?
Despite extensive internet searching, I have not been able to find an answer.