A TOTAL Fire Ban has been declared for the Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney, North Coast and North Western regions on Wednesday, September 13, due to forecast hot and windy conditions.
Temperatures in Muswellbrook, Scone and Singleton are expected to top 30 degrees.
The Total Fire Ban, which started at midnight, covers the following councils:
Greater Hunter (severe) - Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Upper Hunter
Greater Sydney Region (severe)
North Coast (severe) - Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Gloucester, Greater Taree, Great Lakes, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey, Nambucca
North Western (severe) - Moree Plains, Narrabri, Walgett, Warrumbungle
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
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 listed at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au