The extreme fire conditions, which have devastated parts of South Australia this week, are expected to hit western NSW today.
Orana Area Rural Fire Service (RFS) inspector Bob Conran has urged residents across the region to be extra cautious during the next few days.
“Weather forecasts are indicating temperatures will reach 40 degrees with little or no chance of rain,” Mr Conran said.
“This will result in a very high to extreme fire danger in the Orana area.
“Weather bureau reports indicate winds during the next couple of days were not expected to be strong, however the hot conditions are still conducive to the rapid spread of fire.”
As the temperatures rise across the region, the RFS has asked people to be careful using equipment that might cause a fire.
“Activities such as welding, using angle grinders or slashing can easily result in a fire,” Mr Conran said.
“Even driving a motor vehicle through long grass can ignite a fire.”
The RFS has warned the hot, dry conditions made it more conducive for small fires to develop into bushfires and threaten life, property and the environment.
“If you are working with any equipment that may potentially cause a fire, it is a good idea to have some form of firefighting equipment readily available,” Mr Conran said.
A total fire ban currently exists across the State. Fires cannot be lit anywhere in the open.
Gas or electric barbecues may still be used, provided they are within 20 metres of a house or dwelling and a continuous supply of water is available.
The area around the barbecue must be clear of combustible material for three metres and an adult must be in direct control.
“Residents in rural areas should take time to check their homes and yards to ensure there are no dry, combustible materials close by,” Mr Conran said.
“There should also be a supply of water available to assist with fire suppression if needed.
“Residents also need to plan for the safety of all family members, pets and livestock.
“If a fire does occur in your area, you need to decide whether you are going to stay and protect your property, or evacuate to a safe location.
“If you intend to evacuate, you must do this well in advance of the fire front.
“If you intend to stay, you need to ensure you and your property are adequately prepared.”
Information on preparing for bushfires can be obtained by talking to local RFS brigades or by contacting your nearest RFS Fire Control Centre.
The Orana area office at Dubbo can be contacted on 6884 3533 or further information can be found on the RFS website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
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