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Parks remain closed with total fire ban today

national parksA STATE wide total fire ban has been declared for today (Saturday) due to forecast hot, dry and windy conditions.

Although a southerly change and heavy cloud cover has kept temperatures down, the Royal National Park will remain closed. The total fire ban will remain in place until midnight January 12. The Bureau of Meteorology has advised some parts of NSW will have an extreme fire danger rating.

The NSW Rural Fire Service advises that in these conditions:

  • Fires will likely be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving with flames in the tree tops, and higher than roof tops.
  • Thousands of embers will be blown around and into homes causing other fires to start and spread quickly up to 6km ahead of the main fire.
  • People should report any unattended fires to triple zero.

On a day of total fire ban, there is a ban on any fires out in the open. A gas or electric barbeque is allowed, but only if:

  • It is on a residential property within 20m of the house or dwelling
  • It is in a picnic area and 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 2m of all material that can burn
  • You have an immediate and continuous supply of water available.

Learn about Total Fire Ban rules 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 Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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One thought on “Parks remain closed with total fire ban today

  1. Wow its been hot.. Thank god the RFS/SES are getting on top of this and outside the Illawarra but be worse. Kudos to the Police for getting the firebugs.. we do not need them.
    Stay safe everyone & stay hydrated!

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    Posted by wazza180 | January 12, 2013, 10:27 pm

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