3 January 2023

Total Fire Ban declared for the Southern Riverina

| Chris Roe
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Closeup of the front of a fire engine.

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Southern Riverina region tomorrow (4 January). Photo: File.

As the flooding rains have given way to a scorching summer and the bush turns from green to gold, a Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Southern Riverina region tomorrow (4 January).

While there is the chance of rain overnight in some parts of the Riverina, the forecast of warm and windy conditions through the south has prompted the decision.

The Total Fire Ban commences at midnight and covers the Southern Riverina LGAs including Berrigan, Edward River, Federation, Murray River and southern parts of Murrumbidgee.

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The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has issued the following advice.

Under High fire conditions: There’s a heightened risk. Be alert for fires in your area. Decide what you will do if a fire starts. If a fire starts, your life and property may be at risk. The safest option is to avoid bushfire risk areas.

Please note: The NSW RFS may issue a Harvest Safety Alert for areas of heightened risk. Harvest operators should monitor conditions and regularly check that they are operating within guidelines.

No fires may be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended during a Total Fire Ban.

Gas and electric barbeques may be used provided certain conditions are met.

Total Fire Ban rules and a map of current Total Fire Ban areas are listed at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

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