Residents are being encouraged to get ready for the upcoming bushfire season by making a bushfire plan

Bossley Park resident Lina Yokhana has been volunteering with the Horsley Park Rural Fire Service since 2018. Picture: Simon Bennett
Bossley Park resident Lina Yokhana has been volunteering with the Horsley Park Rural Fire Service since 2018. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rural Fire Service Commissioner Rob Rogers welcomed the recent rain across Sydney - but it comes with a warning.

The wet conditions have seen an increase of vegetation growth bringing an unwelcome threat of grass fires.

"Grass fires can be especially dangerous because they start quickly and spread rapidly, destroying not only homes and stock but also lives and livelihoods," Commissioner Rogers said.

"Last season was unprecedented, in terms of area burnt, lives lost and homes destroyed, but we cannot be complacent this season thinking that we won't see fire activity again."

Residents are being encouraged to get ready for the upcoming bushfire season and ensure their home is prepared and their bushfire plan is up to date.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state government has worked closely with the RFS and Resilience NSW to ensure the state is as prepared as it can be for the upcoming bushfire season - but they need your help.

"We are as prepared as we can be, but it's also important the community understands the important role they play in having a well-prepared property and fire plan," Ms Berejiklian said.

"It takes five minutes to make or improve a plan that will give your property and your family the best chance of survival should you be threatened by a bushfire.

"In May, we announced $45 million in additional funding for the RFS to fast-track hazard reduction, employ 100 new paid State Mitigation Crew positions and upgrade the firefighting fleet."

Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said: "We saw last season how quickly fires can develop and threaten homes and lives, so now is the time to get ready."

The top four tips to getting ready for bushfire season are:

  1. Discuss what to do if a bushfire threatens your home.
  2. Prepare your home and get it ready for bushfire season.
  3. Know the bushfire alert levels.
  4. Keep all the bushfire information numbers, websites and the Fires Near Me app handy.

Bossley Park resident Lina Yokhana has been volunteering with the Horsley Park Rural Fire Service since 2018. The 17-year-old was recognised for her role in educating the community about bushfire safety with the Community Spirit Award at the recent Fairfield City Mayor's Youth Achievement Awards.

"Many people, especially in the Sydney Area, don't realise the impacts they may face come a time where a bush or grass fire may start in their area. Understanding the risks of their area and the impact that will cause goes a long way to have us as a community better off," she said.

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