THE National Fire Authority attended to a total of 499 bush, rubbish and grassfires between January and August this year with 340 of the incidents occurring in the Western Division.
NFA chief executive John O'Connor said in August alone, the authority attended to 123 bushfires in the West.
"NFA is concerned with these increasing trends in bush, rubbish and grassfires as we are currently experiencing hot, dry and windy conditions," he said.
"We need the assistance and support of the community to stop the occurrence of these hazardous and dangerous bush and grassfires.
"We urge members of the community to consider and use other safer methods of clearing bush and grass fields.
"Travellers must not throw lit cigarette butts out on the roadside since these can result in the start of bush or grassfires.
"Members of the community should not take lightly the handling of small grass or bushfires because they can get out of control very quickly and lead to unnecessary damage to property or threaten people's lives and surroundings."
Mr O'Connor said it was imperative that members of the community took extra care and avoided unnecessary burning of rubbish, grass, bush and sugar cane farms which could lead to major fire incidents.