NSW Fire and Rescue Gunnedah Captain David Welch has warned locals to be prepared ahead of the summer months and bush fire season

HERE TO HELP: The team from NSW Fire and Rescue Gunnedah are urging locals to be prepared ahead of this years fire season. Photo: Billy Jupp

HERE TO HELP: The team from NSW Fire and Rescue Gunnedah are urging locals to be prepared ahead of this years fire season. Photo: Billy Jupp

Fire and Rescue NSW and Rural Fire Service are encouraging residents to be vigilant this fire season.

The Bureau of Meterology (BOM) are projecting a neutral El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) until the end of 2017.

The projection will result in warmer sea surface tempratures in both the indian and pacific oceans producing sunny days and less rainfall.

Along with this weather pattern NSW has experienced one it’s driest years on record with June being the second driest in more than a century.

These weather patterns have got local firefighters on high alert including Fire and Rescue NSW Captain David Welch who is urging everyone to be prepared.

“It is definitely time for people to be getting prepared," Mr Welch said.

“Residents can play their part in fire prevention by removing flammable materials from their property, clearing leaves from gutters and checking hose lengths.”

Gunnedah Fire and Rescue deputy captain Andrew Johns said grass maintenance around the home was very important to preventing fires. 

“It’s now too late to be burning off if you’ve got paddocks around town, but keeping grass down around your place is important,” Mr Johns said.

“For those living out of town it is important to make sure you have adequate static water supplies if you are not connected to mains water.”

James Morrison from NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) said it was time for people to make a survival plan.

“It is definitely time to make a plan and even a backup plan,” Mr Morrison said.

“It is critical to open discussion about fire plans so everyone in the family knows what to do and where to go if there is a fire.”

Mr Morrison also encouraged residents to alert authorities if they see a fire.

“It is crucial that people report fires,” he said.

“Residents can report fires by calling triple zero or by calling the RFS hotline on 1800 679 737.

“If you see something, say something.”