Total fire ban for the Mid-Western region

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for Greater Hunter, Central Ranges, North Western, Upper Central West Plains, Lower Central West Plains, Southern Slopes, Eastern Riverina, Southern Riverina, Northern Riverina, South Western and Far Western regions tomorrow, Friday 13 January 2017 due to forecast hot and windy conditions.

The Total Fire Ban, commencing at midnight tonight, covers the following councils:

Greater Hunter (Very High) - Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and Upper Hunter

Central Ranges (Very High) - Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid Western Regional, Oberon and Orange

North Western (Severe) - Moree Plains, Narrabri, Walgett and Warrumbungle

Upper Central West Plains (Severe) - Bogan, Coonamble, Gilgandra and Warren

Lower Central West Plains (Severe) - Bland, Dubbo, Forbes, Lachlan, Narromine, Parkes, Temora, Weddin and Wellington

Southern Slopes (Severe) - Boorowa, Cootamundra, Gundagai, Harden, Tumbarumba, Tumut and Young

Eastern Riverina (Severe) - Albury, Coolamon, Greater Hume, Junee, Lockhart and Wagga Wagga

Southern Riverina (Severe) - Berrigan, Conargo, Corowa, Deniliquin, Jerilderie, Murray, Urana and Wakool

Northern Riverina (Severe) - Carrathool, Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Murrumbidgee and Narrandera

South Western (Severe) - Balranald and Wentworth

Far Western (Extreme) - Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Central Darling and Cobar.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) provides the following advice.

Under Extreme fire conditions:

Homes that are specially designed and constructed to withstand a bush fire, prepared to the highest level and actively defended may provide safety

Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and know when you will leave, where you will go and how you will get there. Know what you will do if you cannot leave

Leaving early in the day is your safest option

Keep informed by listening to local radio, watching television news broadcasts and monitoring www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Under Severe and Very High fire conditions:

Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety during a fire

Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and remain vigilant

Keep informed by listening to local radio, watching television news broadcasts and monitoring www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Please note: NSW RFS may request that harvesting operations and other machinery use stop in grassland, paddocks and on roadsides

No fires may be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended during a Total Fire Ban. Gas and electric barbeques may be used provided certain conditions are met. Total Fire Ban rules and a map of current Total Fire Ban areas are at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.