Tweed suburban homes are at risk from bushfires
AS the bushfire season officially kicks-off today, fire authorities are warning suburban residents they are not excused from the need to draw up a bushfire survival plan.
Far North Coast coordinator of Rural Fire Services Inspector Matt Inwood said people living in suburbia should not be complacent about the risk.
"The urban interface is just as dangerous as remote rural areas," Insp Inwood said.
"Every urban area has bushland leading up to it as some point," he said.
"Fire can carry through coastal heathland (like we have on the Tweed) just as quick as it can go through open bushland."
The Rural Fire Service has issued several infringements for illegal fires already this year on the North Coast.
Insp Inwood said it's a legal requirement to get a free permit to burn or you run the risk of being prosecuted.
In August fire fighters had to tackle a major blaze at Clothiers Creek Rd and also at The Rock on Eviron Rd.
The Bureau of Meteorology has revised its forecast indicating most areas of NSW are in for a hotter and dryer than average summer.
Of the 55 bushfires already burning across the state 24 are out of control and 1.3 million households are classified as "high risk".
Murwillumbah NSW Fire and Rescue captain Greg Hayes said due to the high fire risk staff had scaled back non-essential activities so they were "ready to deploy".
To learn more about drawing up a fire survival plan visit rfsnsw.gov.au or phone the local Rural Fire Service on 6672 7888.