Total fire ban declared across NSW for Saturday and Sunday

Speaking just before 4pm, he said firefighters were confident they would be able to control the fire shortly.

Total Fire Bans have been declared for the State of NSW for Saturday and Sunday, due to forecast hot, dry and windy conditions.

The Rural Fire Service has issued a fire danger warning for Sunday largely around the Hunter Valley region, extending from the mid-north coast, out through the Central Tablelands and into the top end of the greater Sydney region and the central west.

These are usually on very high to extreme fire days.

"At least we'll have first dibs on the VLAT and LAT!" she said. Typically that's where we see the worst of fire behaviour, the most aggressive and rapid spread of fire, " RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said on Friday.

Lower Hunter duty officer Inspector Glenn Blain said a significant increase in patrols, including officers on trailbikes, had already begun as the temperatures hit 40 degrees on Friday and would continue throughout the weekend.

"Under these risky conditions, fires will be extremely hard to control and may threaten properties with little warning".

"Do not be in bushfire-prone areas during Catastrophic conditions", he warned.

The Border has been warned to brace for soaring temperatures and risky conditions, as a total fire ban was declared in NSW for Saturday.

At about 3pm today, February 10, the RFS announced all open fires would be banned across NSW on Saturday and Sunday. Report vehicles with butt tossers on the RFS website or call the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

  • Leroy Wright