LIGHT winds have been the only saving grace for fire crews, who remain on high alert as extreme heat continues to ravage the region.
Ten fire crews remain on site fighting a fire off Commonwealth Avenue Lithgow, which broke out on private property on Thursday afternoon.
Gary Hansen, District Co-Ordinator for the RFS, said conditions weren’t great, but the light winds were assisting fire crews battling the Lithgow blaze.
“Conditions are rather hot and dry, but the light winds are working in our favour.”
He said any increase in wind means an increase in fire activity, increasing the rate of fire spread which is a significant issue for the RFS.
He said fire crews remained on site at Commonwealth Avenue, while fire crews from National Parks were fighting another fire in the Wolgan Valley.
“We also had a small fire on Ophir Road west of Bathurst on Thursday where a small camp fire got away from the campers.
“It burned into near by grass, they [the campers] helped stop it spread until our guys got there,” Mr Hansen said.
With the region’s hot conditions expected to continue over the weekend, he said there was little relief in sight for fire fighters.
Over the weekend the Weather Bureau predicts Bathurst will hit a top of 36 on Saturday and 34 on Sunday.
“It’s going to be hot, our fire crews in Lithgow are working in difficult conditions; steep terrain with gusty winds about 20km an hour, it's not comfortable,” he said.
Mr Hansen said the wind was expected to die down Friday afternoon, and would remain low until mid Saturday morning after which winds were expected to pick up.
He said fire crews would continue to hit the fire in the morning and extinguishing any hot spots before the wind picks up again.
He said fire permits in the region had been suspended due to the hot conditions, and encouraged everyone to be diligent and fire safe.
NSW RFS Chifley/Lithgow Team operational officer Brett Taylor said on Thursday RFS crews will be keeping a keen eye out for any fire activity in the region.
“We currently have a very high fire danger rating in place for the region,” Mr Taylor said.
“The risk of fires breaking out will depend on the activity of the wind during the period because on hot, windy days, the intensity of a fire can increase.”