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 monitoringÂ 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.