A Total Fire Ban has been declared for four regions, which includes the Central Ranges, for Friday, February 16, 2018, due to forecast hot and windy conditions.
The Total Fire Ban, commencing at midnight covers the Mid-Western Region which has a ‘Very High’ fire danger rating.
No fires may be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended during a Total Fire Ban. Gas and electric barbecues may be used provided certain conditions are met.
Total Fire Ban rules and a map of current Total Fire Ban areas are listed at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
Under 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 rfs.nsw.gov.au.
Smoke from a large blaze in the Singleton area is still visible in Rylstone and Mudgee. This fire is at Emergency Warning level and the NSW RFS is working to protect property and gain control of the fire.
Although there are not any fires currently in the Mid-Western Regional Council area it is an important reminder to remain vigilant in the hot weather conditions and call Triple Zero (000) if you see an unattended fire.