Total fire ban for the Southern Tablelands

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Yass Valley, Goulburn/Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan Shire areas for Wednesday, 14th February 2018, due to forecast hot, dry and windy conditions.

Superintendant Peter Alley said that the Total Fire Ban will remain in place from Midnight tonight for a 24 hour period at this stage.

Temperatures in the mid 30’s and winds forecasted at 25 to 40km/h will make containing fires very difficult tomorrow. This has resulted in the Fire Danger Rating being elevated to ‘Severe’.

“Under these fire conditions, fires will be uncontrollable and fast moving, and could threaten properties with little warning.”

“If a fire breaks out in these conditions, you should only stay with your home if it’s well-prepared and you are able to actively defend it.”

“Leaving early is always the safest option, only well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety if a fire was to threaten,” said Superintendent Alley.

“That’s why it’s so important that people are prepared, by having a Bush Fire Survival Plan so they know what to do if a fire affects their community.”

We have seen numerous fires across the Southern Tablelands in the past weeks and we are urging all residents and landholders to be vigilant and stay up to date with what is happening in your local area.

Should residents see a fire without a fire truck in attendance, they should report it immediately to Triple Zero (000).

Residents can stay informed by checking www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information, by calling the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737 or by downloading the ‘Fires Near Me’ app for smart devices.

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