Get ready for a big fire risk

WITH bushfire fuel loads and grasses the highest they have been in some 40 years, firefighters say it's important the public is aware of the fire risk heading into summer.

NSW Rural Fire Service brigades held an open day on the weekend to brief local communities on safety escape plans and the hazard reduction burns, which are under way to minimise the risks.

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the fire activity seen across NSW this week was a timely reminder.

"We have seen serious bush and grass fires threaten properties in a number of locations over the last few days with firefighters working in very challenging conditions," Mr Fitzsimmons said.

"We're urging everyone to review their circumstances and ensure they have a plan in the event of a bushfire.

"As the last week has demonstrated, there is no room for complacency - people need to plan in advance what action they will take so they're not making life-saving decisions at the last minute," he said.

National Parks has conducted hazard reductions in the Dorrigo, Yuraygir and Bundjalung national parks and at Perkins and Tommy Plain, west of Nymboida River at Clouds Creek.

Private burns have also happened at Gap Rd, Hat Head and Scott Head Rd at Way Way.

The Rural Fire Service has a burn planned along Jordan's Way at Korora on Tuesday, and on Friday Nambucca crews and landholders will stage burns on Barnett's Rd, Gumma and along Main St at Eungai Creek.

The Department of Primary Industries will also stage a burn on Palmer St at Nambucca Heads next week.


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