A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Monaro Alpine, Central Ranges, Southern Ranges, Lower Central West Plains and Southern Slopes on Friday due to forecast hot and windy conditions.
The Total Fire Ban, commencing at midnight tonight, covers the following councils:
- Monaro Alpine (Very High) Snowy-Monaro
- Central Ranges (Very High) Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid-Western, Oberon, Orange
- Southern Ranges (Very High) Goulburn Mulwaree, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Upper Lachlan, Yass Valley
- Lower Central West Plains (Severe) Bland, Dubbo Regional, Forbes, Lachlan, Narromine, Parkes, Temora, Weddin
- Southern Slopes (Very High) Cootamundra-Gundagai, Hilltops, Snowy Valleys
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) provides the following advice.
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.