A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Central Ranges affecting Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid-Western, Oberon and Orange on Friday, January 19.
The NSW RFS issued the warning ahead of forecast hot and windy conditions.
A ban has also been declared for the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, Central Ranges, North Western and Northern Slopes regions.
Under severe and very high fire conditions residents are asked to prepare their home so they can actively defend it against fire, follow their Bush Fire Survival Plan and remain vigilant and keep informed during the day by monitoring media outlets and www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
No fires may be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended during a Total Fire Ban. Gas and electric barbeques may be used provided certain conditions are met.
Total Fire Ban council areas:
- Central Ranges (Severe) - Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid-Western, Oberon, Orange
- Greater Hunter (Severe) - Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Upper Hunter
- Greater Sydney Region (Severe) - including the Blue Mountains and Central Coast
- North Western (Severe) - Moree Plains, Narrabri, Walgett, Warrumbungle
- Northern Slopes (Severe) - Gunnedah, Gwydir, Inverell, Liverpool Plains, Tamworth