Wollondilly firefighters will get on the front foot in preparation for bushfire threats this summer.
The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Southern Highlands team has announced this year's bushfire danger period will start earlier than usual in Wollondilly and Wingecarribee due to ongoing warm and dry conditions.
The Wollondilly bushfire danger period will begin on Sunday, September 1. The period traditionally starts on October 1.
NSW RFS district manager, Superintendent Martin Surrey urged Wollondilly residents to take precautions now.
"We have experienced a long dry and warm spell, which is increasing the bushfire danger across the region," he said.
"There are simple things you can do now to get ready for bushfire season.
"Talk with your family about your bushfire survival plan, prepare your home or property, know the bushfire alert levels and make sure you know where to get information during a fire.
"The things you do now can make a big difference to your safety during a fire, and whether your home survives."
Landholders are also encouraged to be safe if conducting hazard reduction activities.
"Many people use fire to reduce the fire risk on their property - but if fire's not used properly, you can end up being the fire risk to your community," Superintendent Surrey said..
"Permits are required during the bushfire danger period. They're free and easy to get by contacting your local fire control centre.
"Don't be the fire risk to your community. Use fire safely and only light up if conditions are safe."
For more information, call the Wollondilly Fire Control Centre on 4677 0000.