Kempsey Fire and Rescue station commander Tony Hackenberg has only seen the severe dry conditions the Macleay is experiencing once in his 34 years as a firefighter.
It was in 1994, prior to what Mr Hackenberg declares as the biggest and most dangerous bushfire season in history.
After 65 callouts to local fires from August 1 until midnight on Monday August 12, Mr Hackenberg fears this upcoming bushfire season could reach historically awful levels.
"I believe the conditions we are experiencing are very similar to the 1994 bushfire season, which is by far the worst, and I think this season is going to break it," Commander Hackenberg told the Argus.
"We have had a decline but continual run of grass fires over the past few months. We haven't had a wet period that we usually experience in March, April and May and the dry conditions have carried on from last year and that's what happened in 1994.
"The cold weather, frost, no rain, very low humidity and strong winds have already made the start of this bushfire season very intense."
The Kempsey Fire and Rescue crew had one of their busiest weekends and received a record number of callouts on Friday.
"We had 20 call outs before midnight on Friday, which is a record for the station," Mr Hackenberg said.
Kempsey Fire and Rescue, Hunter Region Strike Force, Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Laurieton, Macksville and Forster all aided Kempsey and Nambucca Rural Fire Services brigades battling major blazes across the weekend.
The firefighters tackled large and out of control fires at Willi Willi, Crescent Head, Dondingalong, Frederickton and Kempsey over the weekend.
The quick responses of the firefighters led to saving the homes of locals.
"The major fires were very intense and homes were at risk," Comm Hackenberg said.
"A grass fire on Queen St in South Kempsey was very dangerous, there was a lot of potential for homes to be lost but fortunately there were fire and rescue trucks travelling near the blaze when we were alerted to it."
Kempsey Fire and Rescue encourages everyone to report a fire to emergency services as soon as one is spotted.
"Be very vigilant, if you see a fire then please call Triple Zero, not the local station, so we can respond to it as quickly as possible," Comm Hackenberg said.
"It doesn't matter what level the fire is, every fire is a serious situation because it can develop into something more intense and the quicker we get the message the quicker we can extinguish it."
Comm Hackenberg urged the community to prepare for the worst by following simple instructions.
"Everyone needs to be ready in case of a fire, have an emergency plan set and ready to follow," he said.
"Complete outside maintenance. Clean our your gutters, maintain your garden and make sure you have a water system that can help."
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