While residents across the Central West and Western NSW have been urged to celebrate New Year's Eve at home in light of COVID-19 restrictions and cancelled events, people are being reminded to do so in a safe manner.
After responding to an unattended fire in a backyard on Wednesday night, Dubbo Fire Station Officer, Chris Cusack, said it was important people celebrated safely over the coming days.
"We were able to put the fire out quickly, however most concerning was the fact it was an unauthorised, unattended recreational bonfire," he said
"We just remind people that anyone wishing to have a small fire like that must obtain a fire permit and stay in attendance.
"People in Dubbo are generally aware of what you can and can't do regarding fires, however if you are unsure then the best thing to do is call you local station and find out."
A spokesperson from Orange Fire Station said bonfires in town were not allowed under the Local Government and Clean Air Act, but small fire pits and fires for cooking were allowed.
"Firepits are a great idea because they help keep the fire contained," she said.
"People normally have had a few drinks over New Year's but it is important to keep family and friends safe and only burn clean wood, not rubbish or treated timber and never use fuel or accelerants on a fire."
Bathurst Senior Firefighter, Phil Chie, agreed saying people needed to use common sense around fires.
"The main three requirements are to always supervise a fire and never leave it unattended, a fire must be within reach of a constant water supply such as a hose in case of emergencies, and fires must be the required safe distance from buildings."
The push for safety across the festive season has been mirrored in calls from police across the region.
Chifley Police District Chief Inspector, Gerard Powell, said they would have additional staff in place to deal with any issues.
"We normally have extra staff on during New Year's Eve," he said.
"This year is obviously quite different to previous years given there will be no large crowds or gatherings but we're happy people will be responsible."
A spokesperson from Orange Police advised they would also have extra staff in place to keep an eye on anti-social behaviour, COVID compliance especially for people visiting from outside the region and alcohol-related incidents.
Dubbo Police said they would also have a strong focus on alcohol-related incidents along with RBT's and people driving with drugs in their system.
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