Media Release - Rural Fire Service NSW - 17 January 2018

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is warning residents in Bathurst, Lithgow and Oberon to be highly vigilant as fire danger in the area begins to escalate.
With fire activity on the rise and weather conditions increasingly dry, hot and windy over coming days, Superintendent Greg Sim said people need to be extremely careful of their activities and surroundings.
“Latest forecasts indicate high temperatures, low humidity and increasing winds from Friday onwards, with the worst conditions expected over the weekend.” said Superintendent Sim.
“The Fire Danger Rating for the coming week is likely to be higher than we have had so far this summer.  Under the predicted conditions, fires will be uncontrollable, unpredictable and very fast moving.” Said Superintendent Sim. 
“If a fire breaks out in the predicted conditions, it could threaten properties with little warning.  I encourage all residents to assess their preparedness now, in case a fire starts.” said Superintendent Sim.
“That’s why it’s so important that people are prepared, by having a Bush Fire Survival Plan so they know what to do if a fire affects their community.”
Superintendent Sim said a Total Fire Ban may be declared, which would mean a ban on the lighting of any fires out in the open, including wood or solid fuel barbeques.
A gas or electric barbeque is allowed, but only if:
• It is on a residential property within 20 metres of the house or dwelling 
• It is in a picnic area and the appliance is approved by Council, National Parks or State Forest 
• It is under the direct control of a responsible adult 
• The ground around the barbecue is cleared for 2 metres of all material which could burn
• You have an immediate and continuous supply of water available.
Superintendent Sim has encouraged property holders to ensure they take precautions during the current conditions.
For further information on how you can protect your property, or to download a Bush Fire Survival Plan, visit the NSW RFS website at or 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737).  For information on current fires, download the NSW RFS Fires Near Me app to your phone or tablet.