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Total Fire Ban declared in Lithgow & Oberon, 30 November 2020

By NSW Rural Fire Service
Archived 30 Jan 2021 - Posted: 30 Nov 2020
A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Central Ranges, Northern Slopes, North Western, Lower Central West Plains, Eastern Riverina, Southern Riverina, and Northern Riverina regions tomorrow, Tuesday 1 December 2020, due to forecast hot and windy conditions.

The Total Fire Ban, commencing at midnight tonight, covers the following councils:

  • Central Ranges (Very High) — Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid-Western, Oberon, Orange
  • Northern Slopes (Very High) — Gunnedah, Gwydir, Inverell, Liverpool Plains, Tamworth
  • North Western (Severe) — Moree Plains, Narrabri, Walgett, Warrumbungle 
  • Lower Central West Plains (Severe) — Bland, Forbes, Lachlan, Narromine, Parkes, Temora, Weddin, Dubbo 
  • Eastern Riverina (Severe) — Albury, Coolamon, Greater Hume, Junee, Lockhart, Wagga Wagga 
  • Southern Riverina (Severe) — Berrigan, Edward River, Federation, Murray River, Southern parts of Murrumbidgee 
  • Northern Riverina (Severe) — Carrathool, Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Narrandera, Northern parts of Murrumbidgee

 
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) provides the following advice:

  • Under Severe and Very High fire conditions:
  • Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety during a fire
  • Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and remain vigilant
  • Keep informed by listening to local radio, watching television news broadcasts and monitoring www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Please note: The NSW RFS may issue a Harvest Safety Alert for areas of heightened risk. Harvest operators should monitor conditions and regularly check that they are operating within guidelines.

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 rules and a map of current Total Fire Ban areas are listed at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au. 

 
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