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Total fire ban in force across NSW this weekend

A total fire ban will be in force across all of NSW for Saturday and Sunday, due to worsening weather conditions.

The latest forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology confirms fire weather conditions will continue to deteriorate across Saturday and Sunday.

NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said a broader area is now expected to experience Catastrophic fire danger conditions.

“The heatwave conditions will strengthen over the weekend, with many areas experiencing temperatures of around 45 degrees,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“This will be coupled with strong and gusty winds, and low humidity.

“We are likely to see broad areas under Severe and Extreme fire danger ratings.

“On Sunday, Catastrophic conditions will extend from the Central West, across the tablelands to the Hunter region and out to the coast.

“These conditions are dangerous, and any fire that starts will be extremely difficult to control.

“Do not be in bush fire prone areas during Catastrophic conditions.

“Discuss with your family and use the time now to decide what you’ll do. Do not leave decisions until the last minute.”RFS copy

During a total fire ban, no fires may be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended. Gas and electric barbeques may be used provided certain conditions are met.

Lighting a fire on a day of Total Fire Ban attracts an on the spot fine of $2200.

The penalty for tossing a lit cigarette doubles during a Total Fire Ban from $660 to $1320.

You can report people who throw lit cigarettes from a vehicle by going to the RFS website or calling the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.