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Total fire ban declared for the Illawarra tomorrow

A TOTAL fire ban has been declared across most of NSW tomorrow, including the Illawarra, due to the forecast of warm and windy conditions.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the total fire ban has been declared due to the onset of higher temperatures and gusty winds.

“The wind is going to be the main concern across a large part of the state, with gusts of around 100km an hour forecast,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“Under these conditions, any fires which do start have the potential to spread quickly and prove quite challenging for firefighters.

“For this reason, we’re asking everyone to take precautions, be aware of their surroundings and report any fires to triple zero.”

Commissioner Fitzsimmons said that the early onset of warm and windy weather is a reminder about the need to be prepared heading into the fire season.

“The seasonal outlook produced by the Bushfire CRC suggests above average fire conditions across much of NSW, particularly with extensive grass growth.

“Community complacency is a real concern so it’s important that everyone prepares themselves, their family and their home.”

On a day of total fire ban, there is a ban on any fires out in the open. Full details on total fire ban rules is available here.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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