A total fire ban has been declared for regions in NSW on Monday, October 7 due to forecast hot, dry and windy conditions.
Port Macquarie is predicted to reach a high of 30 degrees on October 7 with 15-25kmh winds.
The fire ban will commence at midnight and covers regions including the Far North Coast, North Coast, Greater Hunter, Central Ranges, New England, Northern Slopes, and North Western.
No fires may be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended during a total fire ban.
Gas and electric barbecues may be used provided certain conditions are met.
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) provides the following advice.
Under extreme fire conditions:
- Homes that are specially designed and constructed to withstand a bush fire, prepared to the highest level and actively defended may provide safety.
- Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and know when you will leave, where you will go and how you will get there. Know what you will do if you cannot leave.
- Leaving early in the day is your safest option.
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.