Macarthur firies issue warning ahead of upcoming fire season

Firefighters are encouraging locals to be prepared as Macarthur is about to enter its bushfire danger period.

The local government areas of Campbelltown, Camden and Liverpool will enter the danger period from Thursday, October 1.

Macarthur district manager Superintendent Paul Norton said there were areas across Macarthur at high risk of bush and grass fires.

"October marked the start of the bushfire danger period and residents on rural properties and at the urban interface should discuss a strategy with their families and prepare a bushfire survival plan," he said.

"A television commercial campaign has been running for over a month and this is meant to empower residents to take notice, prepare their properties and action their survival plan.

"Don't be complacent with the recent rainfall and feel that nothing will happen to you.

"The one question that I would ask all residents is, 'do you know your level of risk?'

"If you don't know your level of risk, then you are more likely not to be concerned about your safety."

Recent and predicted weather conditions are expected to result in increased fuel loads that will dry out as the weather warms up.

Grasslands across the region are of particular concern and with the weather warming up, these areas of grass will be primed for large, fast-running destructive fires.

"Under hot and windy conditions, grass fires can spread quickly and threaten lives, property, crops and stock," Superintendent Norton said

The Superintendent has advised residents to prepare their property against the threat of bush and grass fires by:

  • Removing flammable materials from their yards and from around the home
  • Clearing gutters of leaves
  • Keeping lawn cut low
  • Checking water hoses
  • Discuss a strategy with the family and prepare a Bushfire survival plan

During the bushfire danger period, any person wishing to light a fire for a particular purpose other than for the purposes of keeping warm or cooking (for which you must use only dry seasoned timber as a natural fuel), must have written approval from the environmental section of local council or the EPA (Environmental Protection Authority)

Then you must seek a Fire Safety Permit from the NSW Rural Fire Service by contacting the Macarthur Fire Control Centre on 9608 7777.

The onus is on the property owner to monitor weather conditions and ensure that fires do not escape.

Any breaches may result in costly fines to individuals or occupants for not adhering to fire safety requirements.

If you see a fire that is unattended or has escaped, call '000' immediately.

To determine your risk, visit: myfireplan.com.au.

To check the Fire Danger Ratings and for Total Fire Bans, visit: rfs.nsw.gov.au.

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