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 Hunter, North Western, Northern Slopes and Southern Ranges 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.
Extensive heatwave over #NSWWeather likely to continue for many days, particuarly over the inland. Remember to -drink plenty of water - keep cool - take care of others - and have a plan. Check NSW Health page at https://t.co/ErGvEIhCh9pic.twitter.com/Z0XjZ1lhwZ— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) January 17, 2018
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
- North Western (Severe) - Moree Plains, Narrabri, Walgett, Warrumbungle
- Northern Slopes (Severe) - Gunnedah, Gwydir, Inverell, Liverpool Plains, Tamworth
- Southern Ranges (Severe) - Goulburn Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Upper Lachlan, Yass Valley