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Another total fire ban issued as authorities remind public of risks

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WITH the Bureau of Metrology (BoM) issuing advice about increased heat and smoke conditions tomorrow (Tuesday December 10), a warning has been issued by authorities to take precautions.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the 30s in Wollongong, with a return of the thick smoke conditions experienced last week. A change in the afternoon is expected to bring erratic windy conditions, which may adversely affect the areas already impacted by bushfires.

Police are urging residents and visitors to keep informed on the conditions and look after their health.

State Emergency Operations Controller, NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys, is reminding the public not to take unnecessary risks,” he said.

“I cannot stress strongly enough to motorists how dangerous it can be for children or pets to be left unattended in a vehicle. Not only is it dangerous, it can be deadly.

“It can be just as hazardous to leave the elderly and vulnerable members of the community in cars during days of extreme heat.

“I ask members of the community to be vigilant – if you see pets, children or vulnerable people trapped in a car, or another crime being committed, call Triple Zero immediately.”

Whilst everyone needs to take care in hot weather, some people are at higher risk of heat illness, especially if they are older, live alone or are socially-isolated.

It is advised where possible, people should spend some time in air-conditioned buildings. This can also help reduce exposure to smoke, as can keeping windows shut. For more information please refer to the Beat the Heat website: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat/pages/default.aspx

The Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is urging people to check fire conditions and have a plan in the event they are threatened by fire. Check the NSW RFS website or the Fires Near Me NSW app and listen to local radio for updates. For information directly related to fire activity please contact the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

With almost the entire State forecast for High, Very High and Severe fire ratings, a total fire ban has been issued for many areas including the Illawarra.

Visit the Rural Fire Service website (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au) for bushfire preparedness advice and current conditions/warnings.

For updated weather forecasts and warnings visit www.bom.gov.au 


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A Sydney journalist, writer and 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 Australia 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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