Bushfire danger period in Camden to start September 1

 PREPARED: The bushfire danger period in Camden will begin on September 1.
PREPARED: The bushfire danger period in Camden will begin on September 1.

Camden firefighters will get on the front foot in preparation for bushfire threats this summer.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Macarthur team has announced this year's bushfire danger period will start earlier than usual due to ongoing warm and dry conditions.

The Camden bushfire danger period will begin on Sunday, September 1. The period traditionally starts on October 1.

NSW RFS Macarthur Inspector Nick Medianik urged residents to plan, prepare and maintain their properties ahead of the 2019/20 bushfire season.

"The south-western Sydney basin continues to experience warm windy conditions, further increasing the effects of the drought conditions across the region," he said.

"There are a few simple things you can do to get ready for the bush fire season.

"Firstly have a plan, talk to your family about what you will do on days of heightened fire danger, where will you go if a fire breaks out, what will you take and how will you get there.

"Prepare and maintain your property for fire, ensure you include your pets and especially livestock in your preparation. Keep updated with fire conditions in your area.

"These basic steps can greatly increase your safety and the safety of your family, should a fire threaten the community."

Camden residents are reminded that a fire permit will be required during the bushfire season.

Fire permits are free.

For more information, call the Macarthur Fire Control Centre on 9608 7777.