The RFS is encouraging community members to act quickly to reduce remaining fire risks on their properties.
Riverina Rural Fire Service district officer Bradley Stewart said recent incidents including a fast-moving grass fire near Deniliquin showed the danger was already here.
"The risk is here, it is now, it is present, people may find themselves having not done the work they've planned to do and being threatened by fire so they need to do it now," he said.
Glenfield local John Wilson says he can remember growing up on a farm helping his father out with frequent burn-offs on the property in the lead-up to summer.
"In the old days all farmers had burnt off fire breaks, ploughed fire breaks, that was done every year," he said.
"Even in Wagga, Rocky Hill up to a few years back was burnt off before the summer season."
Mr Wilson said he does not see as many burns conducted these days, and he is concerned about the danger that posed this year.
"I'm driving around in the Riverina and there's big green grass right up the side of the road and the railways and on the hills around town," he said.
"I'd rather have some smoke and no fires than a fire and smoke."
Mr Stewart said for both public and private land, fire was just one of many hazard reduction tools with slashing, spraying, grading and grazing all commonly used for farmland and to establish asset protection zones in public land throughout the region.
While the RFS has conducted burns including at Willans Hill and Estella this year, Mr Stewart said there were more significant environmental and safety factors to consider with vegetation regions than for the vast majority of private land which is cleared for farming.
"Increased frequency of fire in the landscape will change the ecology of those areas, so if we introduce fire too frequently, too often and too hot we can do substantial damage to the environment," he said.
Mr Stewart said while Rocky Hill likely saw fewer burns now than many years ago, it was covered in fire trails doubling as walking tracks.
"Where there are houses that back onto the reserve, the RFS works actively with council to maintain the asset protection zones that we have established there, so that's a defendable space between the rear of the homes and the reserve," he said.
Similarly, Mr Stewart said there were a number of roads running predominantly north-south across the local government areas of Wagga, Junee, Coolamon and Lockhart which had received work to establish fire breaks.
He said the RFS was also encouraging the community to avoid dumping waste where they may be an asset protection zone, and actively chasing up property owners who have work to do to prevent bushfire risks on their land.
Fire, Mr Stewart said, "should not be the only tool in the toolbox" for farmers protecting their own land with grazing, ploughing and spraying common techniques.