Macarthur area a Very High fire danger today

Macarthur area a Very High fire danger today

Today (Friday, November 14) the Macarthur area will experience Very High fire danger due to forecasted hot, dry and windy weather.

 “Although this weather is typical of the time of year residents in the area need to ensure they are prepared and know what they will do if a fire was to affected them,” said NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.

“By doing the simple things now like mowing the lawn, cleaning sticks and leaves out of gutters and removing any combustibles (things that could catch fire) away from your home can assist you and your family in the event of a fire.

 “Due to Very High Fire Danger all fire permits are suspended whilst Fire Dangers remain at Very High. If in doubt check with your local fire station or call the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Macarthur Zone on 02 9608 7777 for advice.”

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is urging landholders and farm workers to exercise extreme caution in the coming days due to a significant increase in fire danger across the State.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast increased temperatures and strong winds across most of the State for Friday and the weekend.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons said firefighters and emergency agencies will do everything they can to keep the community safe but the community also needs to do its part.

“Know what you need to do to prepare yourself, your family and your home before a bushfire and know what each member of your family will do if a fire threatens,” he said.

“I urge everyone living in bushfire prone areas to download a free Bush Fire Survival Plan from www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and have a conversation with the family about your plan.”

Commissioner Fitzsimmons reminded motorists that any driver who throws a lit cigarette faces a $660 fine, which doubles to $1320 during a Total Fire Ban.

For current incidents or major fire updates visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au. 

Members of the public can report cigarette butt tossers via ww.rfs.nsw.gov.au or by calling the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737).

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

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