Fire could threaten properties with little warning if it takes hold this weekend, the RFS says. Photo: NSW RFS.Soaring temperatures and deteriorating weather conditions have forced the RFS to extend Friday’s total fire ban over the weekend.
A top of 42 degrees and westerly winds forecast at 25km/h to 40km/h have pushed the the fire danger rating to severe.
The Total Fire Ban declared for the Yass Valley, Goulburn/Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan Shire council areas for Friday has been extended to midnight Sunday,NSW RFS Southern Tablelands Zone Manager, Superintendent Peter Alleysaid.
“Under the predicted conditions fires will be uncontrollable, fast moving and could threaten properties with little warning. These conditions will also make controlling any fires that break out very challenging for fire fighters,” he said.
The Southern Tablelands RFS zone has stepped up its level of readiness. Operational officer Daniel Osborne said personnel would be on standby at many of the 63 brigades across the zone.
“We will also have a preemptive management team based at Crookwell so if a fire breaks out, they will be there to take control,” he said.
Extra resources, including strike teamsfrom the South Coast, where the fire danger rating is not as high, will also be on standby to help Southern Tablelands in the event of a major fire.
Mr Osborne said the zone had 145 vehicles and could call on Fire and Rescue NSW assistance.
“We’re confident we can manage anything that happens. A lot of (preparatory) work has been done today but obviously, if anything breaks out it will be very difficult to control,” he said.
He praised the community for quickly reporting fires and for their caution during recent hot weather.
No fires had broken out in any of the council areas as of 4.30pm Friday.
Mr Alley advised that leaving early was always the safest option in the event of fire.
“It is so important for residents to have a Bush Fire Survival Plan so they know what they will do if a fire was to threaten their property or community,”he said.
“I would recommend that all residents review their Bush Fire Survival Plan with their family, keep themselves informed, monitor conditions and be ready to act if necessary.”
Residents can stay informed by checking 梧桐夜网rfs.nsw.gov419论坛/fire-information, by calling the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737 or by downloading the ‘Fires Near Me’ app for smart devices.
Should residents see a fire without a fire truck in attendance, they should report it immediately to Triple Zero (000).
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