Total fire ban in place as temperatures set to soar
With temperatures set to soar over coming days, the NSW Rural Fire Service has declared a state wide total fire ban, and is urging communities to prepare.
Currently, firefighters are battling eight incidents within 50 kilometres of Tamworth.
Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said there are currently more than 100 fires burning across NSW and with hot, dry and windy conditions expected, there is an increased risk to the community this week.
“The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts are indicating widespread areas of severe and higher fire danger over coming days," he said.
“Due to this increased fire risk a state wide total fire ban will be in place from midnight on Tuesday until midnight Saturday night to reduce the potential of any further fires in the landscape.
“Firefighters from the NSW RFS along with Fire & Rescue NSW, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Corporation of NSW, along with other emergency services continue to work tirelessly on fires across the state.
“Under these conditions the risk of fire is significant and we ask people to ensure that both their family and their property are prepared."