A total fire ban is in place in Sydney today, with strong winds adding an additional fire risk after a very dry winter.
In fact, it has been the driest start to a year since 1965, with 100 per cent of NSW also deemed to be experiencing drought.
TOTAL FIRE BAN DECLARED FOR SYDNEY, ILLAWARRA AND HUNTER - Conditions are deteriorating, with stronger winds than originally forecast. A total fire ban is now in force for Sydney, Illawarra and Hunter areas until midnight tonight.
- NSW RFS
The greater Sydney region has been deemed a 'severe' fire risk, with the following council areas adhering to the ban:
- The Hills;
- Blue Mountains;
- Canada Bay;
- Hunters Hill;
- Lane Cove;
- North Sydney;
- Central Coast;
- Georges River;
- Inner West;
- Northern Beaches
This comes as broader NSW faces a substantial bush fire risk.
There is currently an out-of-control bushfire burning near Ulladulla, with some residents told it is too late to leave.