NSW Rural Fire Service say fire risk higher in hot days

AFTER being kept busy by blazes started from lightning strikes this week, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) is urging people to avoid activities that could start a fire during hot weather.

Crews have been on high alert to respond quickly to spot fires caused by widespread lightning strikes and were also concerned with predictions of more thunderstorms and a top of 29 degrees on Saturday.

There is a high fire danger rating for Bathurst and Oberon on Saturday, and RFS Western zone manager Paul Smith said the biggest threat would come from people who undertook activities including: slashing, grinding and welding near dry grass where a stray spark could cause havoc.

“The hot weather is drying everything out and a spark from machinery or tools could start a fire that could spread quite easily.,” he said.