A Total Fire Ban is in place for the Greater Sydney region and seven NSW regions today, Monday, 16 October 2023.
Due to the hot, dry, and windy conditions, the bushfire risk is at ‘EXTREME’ according to the Fire Danger Ratings released by the NSW Rural Fire Service. The rating means travel plans to areas with fire risk should be reconsidered. Adults must take preemptive measures should a fire occur near or on their properties.
Other NSW regions with a TOBAN include North Western, Northern Slopes, New England, Far North Coast, Upper Central West Plains, Greater Hunter, and North Coast.
A Total Fire Ban indicates no one shall light, maintain, or use a fire out in the open or conduct an activity that may cause a spark or 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,” according to the RFS.
To see the full extent of the Ban and its rules, visit the RFS website here.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Monday forecasts, the maximum temperature is 26 °C with a 60% chance of rain in the afternoon and early evening.
“Winds westerly 30 to 45 km/h turning southwesterly in the early afternoon then decreasing to 20 to 30 km/h in the evening,” the forecast indicated.