Help setting up Fires Near Me app for Blue Mountains residents

As fire conditions worsen this week, locals are are being encouraged to download and set up the Rural Fire Service's Fires Near Me app on their phones and tablets.

Member for Blue Mountains, Trish Doyle, has offered help for people unsure how to download the app by bringing their phone or tablet into her office in Springwood, and her team will assist in setting it up.

Member for Blue Mountains, Trish Doyle, has offered to help people who are unsure how to download the Fires Near Me app

Member for Blue Mountains, Trish Doyle, has offered to help people who are unsure how to download the Fires Near Me app

"It is increasingly important for all residents to be aware of the fires that are burning in and near the Blue Mountains and the Fires Near Me app provides a simple and convenient way to do that," said Ms Doyle.

"My team are ready to help anyone who wants assistance in downloading and setting up the Fires Near Me app on their devices.

"Having access to accurate, detailed and up to date information direct from the RFS, and not from social media platforms such as Facebook is of the utmost importance."

Ms Doyle also reinforced the need for Mountains residents to prepare for what is set to be a week of poor fire conditions.

"We all need to make sure our homes are as prepared as they can be. This includes reviewing of our bushfire survival plans, ensuring phones are charged and not being complacent.

"The need to remain alert, but not alarmed in the week ahead is vital.

"Finally, I'd like to say thank to everyone who is involved in the bushfire fighting effort. From those in the comms teams, through to drivers, frontline firefighters, caterers and everything in between. Our community owe you a great deal of thanks for what you are doing to protect us as best you can in these unprecedented times," said Ms Doyle.

For help in creating your bushfire survival plan, head to: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/bush-fire-survival-plan