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Total Fire Ban in the Central Tablelands for Sunday 13th October

 

Sunday Weather: Becoming cloudy. Scattered showers developing in the morning, becoming less likely at night. The chance of thunderstorms from the early morning.

Winds NW/NE 25 to 35 km/h becoming NW 35 to 55 km/h in the morning then turning W/SW 35 to 50 km/h in the late afternoon.

Total Fire Ban for Central Ranges, New England, N Slopes, N Western, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, Sydney, Hunter, Far North & North Coasts for Sunday.

During a Total Fire Ban no fire may be lit in the open and all Fire permits are suspended. This includes incinerators and barbecues which burn solid fuel, e.g. wood or charcoal.

You can use an electric barbeque 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.

You can use a gas barbeque under the following conditions:

  • It is under the direct control of a responsible adult, 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
o   The barbeque is within 20 metres of a permanent private dwelling such as a home;
o   The barbeque is within a picnic area and the appliance is approved by Council, National Parks or State Forest

Lighting a fire on a day of Total Fire Ban attracts a fine of up to $5500 and/or 12 months gaol. Penalties for a fire that escapes and damages or destroys life, property or the environment can attract much greater fines and gaol terms with maximums at $100,000 and/or 14 years gaol.

Civil law suits can also be brought against the person responsible for a fire by those seeking compensation for losses sustained.

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