With high to very high fire danger forecast across most of the state, the NSW Government and fire agencies are urging everyone to be aware of the bush fire risk.

I am encouraging all residents to prepare for the fire season and create or update their bush fire survival plans.

The warmer weather is a great reason to fire up the barbecue, but given the prevailing hot and dry conditions, it is important for everyone to do so safely and responsibly.

Since 1 July, our NSW fire fighters have already attended more than 5,000 fires across the state that have burnt more than 93,000 hectares.

Last Sunday, 1 October was the start of the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period and this means anyone wishing to light a fire must obtain a free permit from their local Fire Control Centre.

I implore everyone to be aware of the risks and to take all necessary precautions to keep lives, land and property safe, remembering preparation is the key.

Know the risk and what you will do if faced with a fire. Have a bush fire survival plan.

Keep informed during the warmer, drier months by checking the Fires Near Me app and listening to local radio.

Further details about the Bush Fire Danger Period, how to get a Fire Permit, cigarette tossing fines and Total Fire Bans are available at rfs.nsw.gov.au.