FORECAST hot, dry and windy conditions have forced authorities to declare a 24-hour, statewide total fire ban from midnight.
It is the third consecutive day such a ban has been enforced across the state.
The Bureau of Meteorology has advised some parts of NSW will have a severe fire danger rating.
The NSW Rural Fire Service advises:
• In these conditions fires will be uncontrollable and fast moving, and could threaten properties with little warning.
• If a fire breaks out you should only stay with your home if it is well-prepared and you are able to actively defend it.
People should report any unattended fires to Triple Zero.
On a day of Total Fire Ban, there is a ban on any fires out in the open.
A gas or electric barbeque is allowed, but only if:
• It is on a residential property within 20m of the house or dwelling
• It is under the direct control of a responsible adult
• The ground around the barbecue is cleared for 2m of all material that can burn
• You have an immediate and continuous supply of water available.
For full details about total fire ban rules, go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au