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Total Fire Ban - Southern Riverina 4 January 2013

Posted: 03/01/2013

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Southern Riverina in NSW for Friday 4 January 2013 due to forecast hot and windy conditions.

The Total Fire Ban will commence at midnight tonight and remain in place until midnight Friday 4 January 2013.

The Total Fire Ban in the Southern Riverina covers the following Councils:

  • Berrigan
  • Conargo
  • Corowa
  • Deniliquin
  • Jerilderie
  • Murray
  • Urana
  • Wakool

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised that Southern Riverina will have a ‘Very High’ Fire Danger Rating. If you are in an area of ‘Very High’ fire danger the NSW Rural Fire Service advises that:

  • Under these conditions fires can be difficult to control and present a threat to properties.
  • Embers may be blown around homes causing other fires to occur up to 2km ahead of the main fire.
  • Well prepared homes that are actively defended can offer safety during a 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 20 metres 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 2 metres of all material that can burn
  • You have an immediate and continuous supply of water available.

For full details on Total Fire Ban rules: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/dsp_content.cfm?cat_id=1110

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