For public safety, a Total Fire Ban is declared for days when fires are likely to escape and be difficult to contain. This is caused by a combination of dry vegetation and hot, dry, windy weather.
The Bureau of Meteorology provides advice on forecast weather conditions and fire danger ratings during the Bushfire Danger Period. The RFS Commissioner declares Total Fire Bans based on this advice and other information. This decision is generally made at around 5pm each afternoon during Bushfire Danger Period and the Total Fire Ban applies for the following day, starting from midnight and lasting 24 hours.
Total Fire Bans are declared for NSW Fire Areas. NSW Fire Areas group together a number of Council areas with similar weather conditions and terrain. You must know what NSW Fire Area you are in to determine if a Total Fire Ban applies to you. To determine what NSW Fire Area you are in check the NSW Fire Area Map.
Find out if a Total Fire Ban affects you by looking at the Total Fire Ban and Current Fire Danger Map. If a Total Fire Ban is declared a Total Fire Ban symbol will appear in the affected NSW Fire Areas.