A TOTAL fire ban has been declared for five regions across New South Wales tomorrow, Friday November 21.
The NSW Rural Fire Service says the ban was imposed due to forecast hot and windy conditions.
The Total Fire Ban, commencing at midnight tonight, covers the following councils:
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- Greater Sydney Region (SEVERE) – All Sydney Metro Councils, Blue Mountains, Gosford, Hawkesbury and Wyong
- Greater Hunter (SEVERE) – Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and Upper Hunter
- Central Ranges (SEVERE) – Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid Western Regional, Oberon and Orange
- North Western (SEVERE) – Moree Plains, Narrabri, Walgett and Warrumbungle
- Upper Central West Plains (SEVERE) – Bogan, Coonamble, Gilgandra and Warren.
Under Severe and Very High fire conditions, the NSW Rural Fire Service advises well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety during a fire.
Residents are encouraged to follow their Bush Fire Survival Plan, remain vigilant, and to keep informed by listening to local radio, watching television news broadcasts and monitoring www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
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 available at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.