RFS: Total fire ban declared across Central West and NSW

NO FIRES ALLOWED: Very hot, dry, windy conditions predicted for Tuesday, February 12 have led to a total fire ban being declared across the state. Photo: FILE
NO FIRES ALLOWED: Very hot, dry, windy conditions predicted for Tuesday, February 12 have led to a total fire ban being declared across the state. Photo: FILE

VERY hot, windy and dry conditions predicted for Tuesday have led to a total fire ban being declared across NSW, including the Central West.

There is a severe fire risk in the Central Ranges which includes the following council areas: Blayney, Bathurst, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid Western, Oberon and Orange.

While there is a very high fire risk in the Lower Central West Plains, which includes: Bland, Forbes, Lachlan, Narromine, Parkes, Temora, Weddin and Dubbo.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons declared the total fire ban to reduce the risk of fires damaging or destroying life, property and the environment.

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.

An alert issued buy the NSW RFS said conditions on Tuesday would “difficult and dangerous”.

The total fire ban commences at 12.01am on Tuesday and finishes at 11.59pm the same day.

If you seen an unattended fire call triple-0 immediately.

NSW Rural Fire Service 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.