Total Fire Ban remains in place

A total fire ban is in place today, 15 November, for the Hawkesbury as part of the Greater Sydney Region.

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The NSW Rural Fire Service is warning that conditions are likely worsen today, with a forecast of low humidity, high temperatures and strong winds.

No fires may be lit in the open and all fire permits, including pile burn permits, are suspended during a Total Fire Ban. Total Fire Ban rules and a map of current Total Fire Ban areas are listed at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

The Fire Danger rating today for the Greater Sydney Region is Severe. Under Severe and Very High fire conditions:

  • Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety – but only stay if you are physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions. If you're not prepared, leave early in the day.
  • Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and remain vigilant.
  • Leaving early is always the safest option for your survival.
  • Keep informed by listening your local ABC radio station, watching television news broadcasts and monitoring www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and www.facebook.com/nswrfs for fire updates.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert is urging all community members to ensure they are prepared and have their bushfire survival plan in place.

“Please ensure you have a bushfire survival plan and an emergency survival kit ready. People spend months planning their holidays and yet it only takes around 40 mins to prepare your bushfire survival plan. It is time well spent,” Mayor Calvert said.

“The NSW Rural Fire Service’s comprehensive website provides the tools to easily make your bush fire survival plan.

“Much of the Hawkesbury region is prone to bushfires, so you need to have a plan so that you are ready to act if your situation changes. I live in a bushfire prone area too and we so have our bushfire survival plan ready,” Mayor Calvert said.

“It is also important to prepare your property against the threat of bush fires by maintaining or cleaning up your property or home of fire hazards regularly.

“You also need to work out where you will go if you need to leave your home,” he said.

“Please ensure you have contacts in place before you need them – family and friends in safe locations are the best option if you need to stay somewhere else overnight. During the day, safe areas are places that are well away from bushland areas, such as large towns or shopping centres or local libraries that provide facilities such as food outlets, toilets and air conditioning.”

Prepare your bushfire survival plan today. For information on how to prepare your Bush Fire Survival Plan and Emergency Survival Kit visit the NSW RFS website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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