USA — Around 70,000 volunteers of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) across the State have prepared for the bushfire season, which began on October 1.
Three-quarters of NSW remains in drought, and increased levels of fire activity are expected in the coming months.
Dubbo RFS inspector Bob Conran believes residents of fire-prone areas should pre-plan their moves.
If you know your residence is prone to bushfires it is essential to decide beforehand whether to stay and defend the house or leave early. If you decide to stay and defend, make sure you have a reliable water source and a long hose.
Too many people die from deciding to leave too late.
Some risks of starting a fire can include combustible materials, leaving a fire unattended and overgrown or dead lawns.
Bonfires are only allowed with a permit and restrictions will be advised through out the season.