High temperatures and strong winds bring increased fire danger to NSW


The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is urging residents across New South Wales to prepare for
Severe fire weather forecast for many regions across the state tomorrow, Wednesday 14 February.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons confirmed that hot and windy conditions are forecast,
with the potential for much of NSW to experience elevated fire danger.

“Already this summer we have seen record-breaking temperatures in many areas,” Commissioner
Fitzsimmons said.

“This week we will see strong south westerly to westerly winds develop and coupled with the heat
we’ve already experienced, the landscape is very susceptible to fire.

“That’s why it’s so important that landholders, homeowners, businesses and travellers seriously
consider how they could be impacted and start planning now.

“Use today and tonight to have a discussion about what you will do if a fire starts near you, so
everyone in your household knows your bush fire survival plan.

“With many parents back at work and kids at school, people need to consider what to do if fire
threatens when the family is separated.” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

Research released by the NSW RFS and Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre
earlier this week revealed that many people underappreciate the risk to life and property from fires in
these types of conditions.

“People in bush fire prone areas need to understand that under these conditions, fires can start easily
and spread quickly, impacting on homes, properties and valuable assets,” Commissioner
Fitzsimmons said.

“Earlier this week the Mt Canobolas fire, which threatened homes and prompted two Emergency
Warning alerts, burnt under Very High fire danger conditions.”

The NSW RFS recommends people living in bush fire prone areas:

› Make or review their bush fire survival plan – decide now what to do if a fire starts close by

› Check the local fire danger – look out for the roadside signs and know the fire danger rating

› Stay up to date on fires in the local area – proactively check the NSW RFS website or the Fires
Near Me app on days of heightened danger.

Anyone who sees an unattended fire should call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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Contact Phone: (02) 9898 1855