ONGOING very hot and dry weather has resulted in the third total fire ban day in a row for the Central Ranges.
Temperatures are predicted to reach up to 40 degrees in some parts of the region with a total fire ban in place on Friday, January 18 for the following council areas: Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid-Western, Oberon and Orange.
With widespread drought and ongoing very hot and dry conditions, the NSW Rural Fire Service said a total fire ban helps limit the potential of fires developing.
There is also a very high fire danger risk across the Central Ranges on Friday.
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