Far South Coast residents are being warned to be fire ready this summer.
It comes after above average rainfall across the state last year and some of the hottest weather on record, with the NSW Rural Fire Service warning that grass fires are a genuine threat.
They say warm and windy conditions over the last few weeks has dried out vegetation, and left the region susceptible to fire.
Grass and crop fires can be very dangerous as they can start easily and spread quickly, and move more than three times as fast as a bush fire.
Farmers are being advised to help protect their properties by establishing firebreaks around paddocks, homes, sheds and equipment as they can help slow a fire’s spread and also stop it from entering or leaving a property.
Motorists are also warned to avoid driving through or stopping in long grass, as the heat from a car’s exhaust can be enough to start a fire, while unattended fires should be reported to 000 immediately.
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