Early start to bushfire season

The Blue Mountains will start the bushfire danger period early this year due to ongoing warm and dry conditions.

While the bushfire season traditionally starts on October 1, the Blue Mountains will begin the fire season on Sunday September 1.

NSW RFS Inspector Rob Vinzenz is urging residents to know the risks and take precautions now.

"We have experienced a long dry and warm spell, which is increasing the bush fire danger across the region," Inspector Vinzenz said.

"There are simple things you can do now to get ready for bushfire season - talking with your family about your survival plan, preparing your property, knowing the bushfire alert levels and making sure you know where to get information during a fire.

"The things you do now can make a big difference to your safety during a fire, and whether your home survives."

Landholders are also encouraged to use fire safely if conducting hazard reduction activities.

"Many people use fire to reduce the fire risk on their property - but if fire's not used properly, you can end up being the fire risk to your community. Permits are required during the bushfire danger period. They're free and easy to get by contacting your fire control centre or Fire & Rescue NSW zone office.

"Never leave a fire unattended and if a fire does escape, call Triple 0 immediately so emergency services can respond and minimise the damage," Inspector Vinzenz said.

For information on preparing for fire, visit www.myfireplan.com.au. Information on permits and total fire bans can be found at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or by contacting the Blue Mountains fire control centre on 4784 7444.