HEATWAVE conditions and the ongoing drought have prompted the declaration of a total fire ban across the region.
There is a severe fire risk in the Central Ranges and Southern Slopes which includes the following council areas: Blayney, Bathurst, Cabonne, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Cowra, Hilltops, Lithgow, Mid Western, Oberon and Orange.
A total fire ban has been declared to reduce the risk of fires damaging or destroying life, property and the environment.
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During a total fire ban, no fire may be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
This includes incinerators and barbecues which burn solid fuel such as wood, charcoal or heat beads.
No general purpose welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting can be done in the open.
The alert was issued by the NSW Rural Fire Service and will commence at 12.01 on Thursday, November 21 and finish at 11.59pm the same day.
If you seen an unattended fire call triple-0 immediately.
Stay up-to-date with conditions in your region on Fires Near Me.
NSW Rural Fire Service provides the following advice
Under severe 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.
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