Cessnock City residents are urged to prepare for the upcoming bushfire season by attending a NSW Rural Fire Service Get Ready Weekend event this weekend.
With ongoing warm and dry conditions forecast, Cessnock was one of 53 local government areas in NSW that started its bushfire danger period on September 1 - a month earlier than usual.
Get Ready Weekend is a family-friendly event with kids' activities; firefighting, truck and equipment displays; and perhaps most importantly, the chance to meet and discuss your bushfire survival plan with local firefighters.
Mulbring Rural Fire Brigade will hold its event on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
Deputy captain Blake Kingdom said the event will have a focus on the community creating a bushfire survival plan and implementing it on their properties.
Other local brigades holding Get Ready Weekend activities include:
- Wollombi, Saturday 8.30am-2.30pm
- Laguna, Saturday 10am-1pm
- Bucketty, Saturday 9am-4pm
- Rothbury, Sunday 10am-4pm
- North Rothbury, Saturday 10am-2pm
- Greta, Sunday 10am-2pm
- Benwerrin (Buttai), Sunday 10am-2pm
The Quorrobolong RFS brigade will hold its activities at Bunnings Warehouse Cessnock on Saturday from 8am to 5pm.
Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent said it's important that the community is prepared for the bushfire season.
"The continuing dry spell and the on-ground fuel have the potential for a very dangerous and long bush fire season," he said.
"We need to have these conversations early and ensure plans are in place in the event of a fire."
To find your nearest Get Ready Weekend event, visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/get-ready.
For information on making a bush fire survival plan, visit www.myfireplan.com.au.