Hunter Warned Of "Catastrophic" Fire Danger

Sunday is shaping up as the big worry

Hunter Warned Of "Catastrophic" Fire Danger

The Rural Fire Service has big concerns about bushfires across the Hunter during the weekend heatwave.

We can expect temps in the mid-40s in parts, accompanied by low humidity and strong winds.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says the biggest concern is Sunday.

"On Saturday, temperatures and winds will pick up, meaning an increased fire danger extending across much of the state."

"On Sunday, winds will continue to strengthen. If the forecast eventuates we're likely to see catastrophic fire danger develop in some areas including the Hunter."

The mercury is expected to hit 47 degrees on Saturday in Wallsend, and 43 degrees in Cessnock on Sunday.

While a significant drop in temperatures has been forecast for next week. 

FULL STATEMENT:

As temperatures soar over the next few days, the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is warning of dangerous fire conditions across many parts of NSW.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid 40s in many areas with strong winds and low humidity.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said that based on latest forecasts, Severe and Extreme fire dangers are expected in widespread areas, and there is the potential for Catastrophic fire danger in the Hunter region on Sunday.

“We will start to see fire dangers increase across Southern NSW on Friday. On Saturday, temperatures and winds will pick up, meaning an increased fire danger extending across much of the state.

“On Sunday, winds will continue to strengthen. If the forecast eventuates we’re likely to see Catastrophic fire danger develop in some areas including the Hunter.

“The NSW RFS and Bureau of Meteorology will be reviewing forecasts and conditions regularly and confirm total fire bans and fire danger ratings each day.

“If you live in a fire prone area, use the time now to get ready. Do not leave it until it’s too late.

“Firefighters from the NSW RFS, Fire & Rescue NSW, National Parks & Wildlife Service and Forestry Corporation of NSW, are well prepared.

“While they are very well trained, skilled and dedicated, we also need the community to be prepared.”

There are a number of simple things you can do now to get ready and stay safe:

-Make sure you have a plan for what you will do if a fire starts near you. Check and follow your bush fire survival plan.
-Stay up to date with fires in your area. Check the RFS website or Fires Near Me smartphone app.
-If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000).
-Do a check of your property making sure you have a good water supply and hoses that can reach all parts of your home.
-Stay hydrated. Check on elderly, children and pets.

Information on bush fire activity and latest fire danger ratings can be found at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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