Dry September prompts warnings to update bushfire survival plans

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres has urged Penrith residents to create or update their bushfire survival plan.

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres has urged Penrith residents to create or update their bushfire survival plan.

One of the driest Septembers of record has prompted warnings for local residents to create or update their bushfire survival plan.

October 1 marked start of the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period, meaning anyone wishing to light a fire must obtain a free permit from their local Fire Control Centre.

Firefighters have attended more than 5,000 fires across the state since July 1 that have burnt more than 93,000 hectares.

“Our longer spring and summer days are a great occasion to fire up the barbecue, but given the prevailing hot and dry conditions, it is important that everyone barbecues safely and responsibly” Penrith MP Stuart Ayres said in a statement.

“Preparation is the key. Know the risk and what you will do if faced with a fire. Have a bush fire survival plan. Keep informed during by checking the Fires Near Me app and listening to local radio.”.

Further details about the Bush Fire Danger Period, how to get a fire permit, cigarette tossing fines and total fire bans are available at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

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