This is not a drill – a Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Far North Coast, North Coast, Greater Hunter, New England, Northern Slopes, and North Western regions tomorrow, Thursday 17 October 2019, due to forecast hot and windy conditions.
The Total Fire Ban, commences at midnight tonight, covers the following councils:
Far North Coast (Severe) — Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tweed
North Coast (Severe) — Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey, Nambucca, Mid-Coast
Greater Hunter (Severe) — Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Upper Hunter
New England (Severe) — Glen Innes Severn, Tenterfield, Uralla, Walcha, Armidale
Northern Slopes (Severe) — Gunnedah, Gwydir, Inverell, Liverpool Plains, Tamworth
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.
Please note: The NSW RFS may issue a Harvest Safety Alert for areas of heightened risk. Harvest operators should monitor conditions and regularly check that they are operating within guidelines.
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.
To keep up with information about fires in your area, visit the Fires Near Me website.