A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, Central Ranges, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, New England, North Western, Northern Slopes, Southern Ranges and Southern Slopes regions tomorrow, Wednesday, February 14, due to forecast hot and windy conditions.
The Total Fire Ban, commencing at midnight tonight, covers the following council areas:
- Central Ranges (Severe) - Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid-Western, Oberon, Orange
- Greater Hunter (Severe) - Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Upper Hunter
- Greater Sydney Region (Severe) - including the Blue Mountains and Central Coast
- Illawarra/Shoalhaven (Severe) - Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly, Wollongong
- New England (Very High) - Armidale Dumaresq, Glen Innes Severn, Guyra, Tenterfield, Uralla, Walcha
- North Western (Severe) - Moree Plains, Narrabri, Walgett, Warrumbungle
- Northern Slopes (Severe) - Gunnedah, Gwydir, Inverell, Liverpool Plains, Tamworth
- Southern Ranges (Severe) - Goulburn Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Upper Lachlan, Yass Valley
- Southern Slopes (Very High) - Boorowa, Cootamundra, Gundagai, Harden, Tumbarumba, Tumut, Young
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) 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.