The bushfire season began on September 1

Additional aerial firefighting muscle for regions

The early start to this season's bushfire period has begun with a Federal government announcement it would fund the lease of a large air tanker.

The tanker would boost aerial firefighting resources this coming fire season, which began on September 1.

"As individuals and communities we need to be ready to respond to fires, and we're all too aware of this in our local region," Member for Lyne, David Gillespie said.

"Our government has committed an annual $4 million to lease this aircraft, because of the earlier starting and later finishing fire seasons.

"With a capability to drop more than 15,000 litres of retardant or water, this air tanker will be deployed very quickly, based on need."

As individuals and communities we need to be ready to respond to fires, and we're all too aware of this in our local region.

Member for Lyne David Gillespie

Dr Gillespie said firefighting aircraft were now a very visible feature of firefighting operations each season.

"It's an extra comfort to know we will have year-round access to a large air tanker, in addition to an existing fleet of more than 150 specialised aircraft, to protect our communities," he said.

"There have been widespread hazard reduction burns across our region in recent weeks.

"If the fire season is already underway in your council area, you need a permit and you need to notify your local fire authority and your neighbours 24 hours before lighting up.

"If a fire does escape, make sure you call triple zero (000) immediately."