Heatwave: Total fire ban issued for Parkes, Forbes and surrounding LGAs

HEATWAVE: A total fire ban has been issued for the Dubbo, Parkes and Forbes LGAs due to heatwave conditions. Photo: FILE
HEATWAVE: A total fire ban has been issued for the Dubbo, Parkes and Forbes LGAs due to heatwave conditions. Photo: FILE

A TOTAL fire ban will be in place for a number of local LGAs from Saturday, November 28 due to the risks posed by this weekend's heatwave.

Temperatures are predicted to rise into the 40s with the total fire ban in place for the Bland, Forbes, Lachlan, Narromine, Parkes, Temora, Weddin and Dubbo council areas.

The NSW Rural Fire Service says a total fire ban helps limit the potential of fires developing.

Bushfires will be more likely to spread and cause damage on days when the weather is very hot, dry and windy.

These are usually on very high to extreme fire days.

During a total fire ban fires cannot be ignited outdoors, maintain or use a fire in the open, or to carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.

General purpose hot works (such as welding, grinding or gas cutting or any activity that produces a spark or flame) are not to be done in the open.

The NSW RFS strongly recommends you reconsider activities such as using a tractor or slashing, to help reduce the chance of a fire starting on your property.

Can I use an electric barbecue?

You can use an electric barbecue for cooking as long as it is under the direct control of a responsible adult, who is present at all times while it is operating, and no combustible material is allowed within two metres at any time it is operating.

Can I use a gas barbecue?

You can use a gas barbecue under the following conditions:

  • It is under the direct control of a responsible adult, who is present at all times while it is operating;
  • No combustible material is allowed within two metres at any time it is operating;
  • You have an immediate and continuous supply of water; and
  • The barbecue is within 20 metres of a permanent private dwelling such as a home; or
  • The barbecue is within a designated picnic area and the appliance is approved by Council, National Parks or State Forest

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