THERE are just over two weeks to go to the start of bushfire season yet Canobolas Zone Rural Fire Service staff are already begging for rain.
Parts of the Blue Mountains were ablaze on Tuesday afternoon and unless the central west gets a heavy dose of rain it would not be a stretch to imagine similar situations here before the start of the season operation services co-ordinator Brett Bowden said.
The season starts on October 1 and anyone who wishes to light a fire will need to obtain a permit for the zone.
“At the moment we’re still quite green but unless we get some heavy rain then that fuel will quickly dry out,” he said.
Mr Bowden urged anyone who lives in a rural area to consider joining the volunteer service.
People often get the impression it is all dirty, hard work out on the field fighting fires but there are roles to suit every fitness level he said.
“There’s transport, communication positions, we don’t discriminate we’ll find a job for you,” he said.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology there are showers predicted from Friday through to Tuesday but no heavy rain in the foreseeable future.
Maximum temperatures for Orange will reach 17 degrees on Sunday but stay at 15 every day until Tuesday.
Canobolas zone firefighters were called to a fire two kilometres west of Orange off The Escort Way on Tuesday, however it was a false alarm. A property had a small controlled fire and neighbours were concerned.