FORECAST temperatures in the high 30s and wind gusts of more than 70km/h have prompted the Rural Fire Service (RFS) to warn of extreme fire conditions tomorrow.
The RFS is urging the public to prepare and be vigilant this Thursday with extreme fire weather forecast for Greater Sydney and the central and northern areas of the State.
Temperatures of up to 38 degrees are predicted for the Gloucester district.
NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons warned the hot, dry winds and high temperatures will provide ideal conditions for bush fires.
“The Bureau of Meteorology forecast has indicated the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions will experience extreme fire danger on Thursday,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
“Maximum temperatures are forecast to be up to 10 degrees warmer than average for October, reaching 40 degrees in some areas.
“Strong winds, with gusts at more than 70 kilometres an hour, are expected.
“These conditions mean there is potential for the rapid spread of fire.
“We urge the public to be vigilant and report any fire by calling Triple Zero immediately.
“The NSW RFS, along with its colleagues at Fire and Rescue NSW, National Parks and Wildlife NSW are preparing for these conditions by dedicating resources such as fire fighters, tankers and aircraft to these areas.”
“A Bush Fire Survival Plan is vital in these conditions. With the possibility of Extreme Fire Danger I can not stress enough the importance of a completed plan.”
“It’s also important that residents prepare their property and clear it of fuel such as leaves in gutters and wood piles near buildings.”
For more information visit the RFS website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
In an emergency dial 000 (Triple Zero).