According to the NSW Rural Fire Service, Greater Sydney and the Greater Hunter Region will have a total fire ban due to a forecast of hot, dry, and windy conditions, which may be conducive to bushfires.
The Fire Danger Rating for Thursday is Extreme, indicating individuals must take action to secure their fire plans and properties and to reconsider travel to fire-risk areas.
“During a Total Fire Ban, you cannot light, 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. A total fire ban helps limit the potential of fires starting,” the NSW RFS guideline mentioned.
“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,” according to the NSW RFS.
To see the full extent of the Ban and its rules, visit the RFS website here.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the maximum temperature for Thursday is 37 °C, with a chance of a thunderstorm, which may be severe. The possibility of any rain is 20 percent.
“Winds north to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h tending west to northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h in the middle of the day then turning south to southwesterly in the evening,” the Thursday Sydney Forecast indicated.
It is advised to report all unattended fires to 000. For more information about the Danger Ratings and current hazards, visit the State’s Rural Fire Service’s website here.