EVEN residents in urban areas can be threatened by bushfire, a Tasmania Fire Service leading firefighter has warned.
Launceston Fire Brigade's David Ransome urged people to start reviewing their bushfire plans now.
"This is for people in bushfire-prone areas, but also urban fringe areas," he said.
"Places like Trevallyn, Riverside and Ravenswood.
"People should be planning and seeing where the risks are to their properties.
"This is the right time of year before things start to dry up.
"Empty your gutters out of any leaves and clear the vegetation from around your house.
"Lighter fuel loads - the fine fuels like grass - burn quickly.
"Don't use flammable mulch or woodchips in your garden."
Mr Ransome said if people wanted to stay and defend their houses, they must have a bushfire plan, well- prepared properties and be properly equipped for the conditions.
"But if you have no bushfire plan and have done no preparation on your house, you should leave well in advance of the fire," he said.
"Don't leave it too late; make your decision early.
"You would have your car packed and would know where you're going."
Mr Ransome said people could visit www.fire.tas.gov.au for more information about bushfire survival plans, community bushfire protection plans and fire danger ratings.