A TOTAL fire ban will be in place for the Central Ranges on Thursday, January 17 due to ongoing severe heatwave conditions.
Temperatures are predicted to again rise into the 40s with a total fire ban in place for the Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid-Western, Oberon and Orange council areas.
The NSW Rural Fire Service say a total fire ban helps limit the potential of fires developing.
Bushfires will be more likely to spread and cause damage on days when the weather is very hot, dry and windy.
These are usually on very high to extreme fire days.
During a total fire ban fires cannot light outdoors , maintain or use a fire in the open, or to carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.
General purpose hot works (such as welding, grinding or gas cutting or any activity that produces a spark or flame) are not to be done in the open.
The NSW RFS strongly recommends you reconsider activities such as such using a tractor or slashing, to help reduce the chance of a fire starting on your property.
Can I use an electric barbecue?
You can use an electric barbecue for cooking as long as it is under the direct control of a responsible adult, who is present at all times while it is operating, and no combustible material is allowed within two metres at any time it is operating.
Can I use a gas barbecue?
You can use a gas barbecue under the following conditions:
- It is under the direct control of a responsible adult, who is present at all times while it is operating;
- No combustible material is allowed within two metres at any time it is operating;
- You have an immediate and continuous supply of water; and
- The barbecue is within 20 metres of a permanent private dwelling such as a home; or
- The barbecue is within a designated picnic area and the appliance is approved by Council, National Parks or State Forest