A TASMANIA Fire Service officer has warned against bushfire complacency after returning from helping to fight the catastrophic New South Wales fires.
South Esk district officer Steve Richardson was among the first group of 20 Tasmanian fire agency personnel who were deployed to help their NSW counterparts.
He returned late on Wednesday after a six-day stint.
A second team of 12 Tasmanians, including remote area firefighters, arrived in NSW earlier this week to relieve the first group.
Mr Richardson said working in incident management in NSW was good training for the coming Tasmanian fire season.
``This just consolidated the skills that everyone has,'' he said.
``Here we are just starting to gear up for the bushfire season.''
Mr Richardson said that because of the amount of rain that had fallen and warm, sunny weather, fuel loads such as grass had grown across the state.
He advised people in bushfire-prone areas to revise their bushfire plans now.
``Some parts will still be green,'' Mr Richardson said.
``So people are driving around the state and will think everything is really green.
``But the key thing is, things can change very, very quickly.
``As things start to warm up, the grasses and other fuels on the ground in forest areas dry up very quickly from this time onwards.
``We have seen that in previous years.
``So people shouldn't be lulled into a false sense of security.''
Mr Richardson said most fire agency personnel who had returned from NSW wanted to go again.
``We received amazing feedback from our NSW counterparts,'' he said.
``They were very impressed with the professionalism and work ethic that all members had, no matter what their roles were.
``It was really positive.''