The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is urging Tablelanders to start preparing for the fire season.
The statutory Bush Fire Danger Period commences for the Goulburn Mulwaree, Upper Lachlan Shire and Yass Valley Local Government areas on October 1.
NSW RFS Superintendent Peter Alley has urged all residents to complete a Bush Fire Survival Plan.
He has also emphasised that it was important for everyone in the household to know what to do on days of increased fire danger, or if their home was threatened by fire.
"Residents should prepare their property by removing flammable materials from around their home and assets, clearing leaves from gutters, keeping lawns mown and checking hoses and pumps are operable," he said.
"After the recent rain that has fallen across the Southern Tablelands, we have increased grass growth, which will be problematic over the coming weeks and months.
"Never leave a fire unattended, and if a fire does escape, it is essential to call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that emergency services can respond accordingly and minimise the damage."
Fire Permit holders are required to notify the Rural Fire Service and their adjoining neighbours 24 hours before lighting up.
You can submit your intention to burn at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/notify, or by calling your local Fire Control Centre on 02 6226 3100.
Where the fire danger rating is declared Very High or above, Fire Permits will be suspended for 24 hours, and permit holders will be advised accordingly.
The days that a total fire ban is declared, no fires are to be lit in the open.
To check the Fire Danger Rating for your area, seek advice on bush fire preparedness or for any further information visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 6226 3100 during business hours.
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