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.