A TOTAL fire ban has been issued for the Central Ranges on Monday due to ongoing severe fire danger risk.
Hot, dry weather, along with a forecast heatwave from Wednesday, has prompted the total fire ban which is in place from 12.01am to 11.59pm on Monday, December 16.
The ban is in place in the following council areas: Blayney, Bathurst, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid Western, Oberon and Orange.
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.
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No general purpose welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting can be done in the open.
Meanwhile the 378,695 hectare Gospers Mountain bushfire is at watch and act alert, with a number of Blue Mountains towns under threat.
Other fires in this region:
- Ruined Castle - 7086 hectares, advice level. Listed as 'being controlled'
- Green Wattle Creek - 130,827, advice level. Listed as 'being controlled'
- Upper Turon Road, Palmers Oaky - 1520 hectares, advice level. Listed as 'being controlled'
- Ophir Road, Rock Forest - one hectare, advice level. Listed as 'under control'
If you seen an unattended fire call triple-0 immediately.
The NSW Rural Fire Service has urged people to stay up-to-date on at Fires Near Me and has provided the below 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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