IT is only the beginning of November but, already, it's been an eventful start to the season for the Edinglassie Rural Fire Service (RFS).
The brigade's attended a number of calls locally and also supplied team members, in the past fortnight, to help out crews battling the devastating blazes on the Mid-North Coast.
The recent Crestwood-Lake Cathie fire, alone, scorched almost 3000 hectares of land.
"We had a few guys near Port Macquarie last week," Edinglassie RFS firefighter/secretary Kim Clerke said.
"But, we weren't the only ones from the area assisting - other local brigades ventured up there, too.
"So, it's been busy for everyone.
"Down here, we've prepared as best we can.
"However, there is still a lot of grass around - it will be an interesting [fire] season.
"Like most people, we're counting on some rain to dampen things down."
Luckily, with summer fast approaching, the volunteering stocks at Edinglassie RFS have swelled in recent times.
"We've got almost 40 members these days," Ms Clerke said.
"Four or five new recruits just went through training, while another three turned up in the past couple of weeks.
"It's great people are coming on board to help out - it is better to have too many than not enough."
The brigade's garnered plenty of local business support as well.
The Bengalla Mining Company donated some bottled water to keep the firefighters hydrated while they work.
Muswellbrook RSL Club and Muswellbrook and District Workers Club also contributed $500 each.
"That backing has been fantastic," Ms Clerke said.
"Woolies supplied a $100 gift card, while Big W and Coles Scone provided half a dozen cases of water, too.
"It all comes in very handy.
"We have three trucks to fill, so it'll go towards water and ration packs.
"Our thanks go to all those businesses."