A lack of rainfall on the Border and forecasts of upcoming dry months and hot weather have led to bushfire concerns.
Winter saw the lowest rainfall in Albury since 2006 - a year in which large bushfires burnt in the North East.
Rural Fire Service Superintendent Pat Westwood said fires in northern NSW and south east Queensland "should be a wake up call" for those in Albury-Wodonga.
"Within the next six to eight weeks we will find ourselves in the middle of our own fire season," he said.
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"We've already seen significant property loss across NSW and south east Queensland.
"We expect to see that people without bushfire survival plans are going to be a lot more at risk than those that have them already."
One of the key factors in determining bushfire risk is a lack of rainfall.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts below average rainfall and above average temperatures in coming months.
Statistics at Albury Airport show 116.4 millimetres of rain was recorded this winter, down from 142, 187 and 277 millimetres in the previous three years.
"Really what we've seen over this year is prolonged drought," Superintendent Westwood said.
"We've had patches of rain which are probably only going to increase the grass growth over summer.
"But that significant deficit (of rain) over the last 18 months has caused the soil and the fuel on the ground to dry right out.
"Our trees are under drought stress, they're dropping limbs, and that's going to add more fuel to that potential growth in the summer season."
The warning coincides with the Get Ready Weekend, running on Saturday and Sunday.
Fire authorities will be available at various events in coming weeks, giving tips to reduce the bushfire risk in the region.
"We expect to see that fires will develop quickly over our landscape in the next eight weeks," Superintendent Westwood said.
"We ask people to have the discussion with their families and look after their properties."
A list of events is available at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/getready