NSW Rural Fire Service declare total fire ban for September 13

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A total fire ban has been declared for today (Wednesday September 13) for the Nambucca, Bellinger and Macleay valleys and beyond, due to forecast hot and windy conditions.

The ban covers:

  • North Coast (SEVERE) - Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Gloucester, Greater Taree, Great Lakes, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey, Nambucca
  • Greater Hunter (SEVERE) - Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Upper Hunter
  • Greater Sydney Region (SEVERE) North Western (SEVERE) - Moree Plains, Narrabri, Walgett, Warrumbungle

NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) recommends the following:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Total Fire Ban rules and a map of current Total Fire Ban areas are listed at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au