Worsening fireplace circumstances forward for NSW


Residents in NSW have been warned to anticipate worsening bushfire circumstances over the approaching week as firefighters watch almost 150 blazes statewide.

On Saturday night, 149 bush and grass fires have been burning statewide with 60 not contained.

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“With 6 areas underneath a Complete Hearth Ban tomorrow, be sure you know what you’ll do if fireplace threatens,” the Rural Hearth Service posted on Twitter.

A complete fireplace ban is in place for Sunday for the higher Hunter – which may also be underneath “extreme” fireplace hazard.

The higher Sydney, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, Central Ranges, Northern Slopes, and north western areas are additionally underneath a complete fireplace ban.

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These areas, together with the far South Coast, Southern Ranges and New England, in addition to the ACT might be underneath “very excessive” fireplace hazard.

A “watch and act” alert was issued on Saturday for a 20,770-hectare North Black Vary fireplace burning within the Tallaganda Nationwide Park space, however was later downgraded to “recommendation”.

The RFS has warned of “worsening circumstances” over the approaching week with one regional command telling residents that “now” is the time to speak to household about what to do when bushfire hits.

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“Know what you’ll do earlier than the fireplace threatens somewhat than making an attempt to wing it on the time,” the RFS’s Northern Tablelands Staff posted to Fb.

In the meantime, a conveyable radio repeater offering important communications for fireplace crews in northern NSW has been so severely vandalised, it is out of motion.

Six tyres, two axles, two jerry cans and radio tools have been stolen from the marked trailer close to Nymboida.

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“This can doubtlessly endanger fireplace crews working to guard life and property,” Northern Tablelands Staff posted on-line on Saturday.

Grafton police are investigating.

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