A Total Fire Ban has been declared for today in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven areas, along with much of NSW.
With hot and windy conditions forecast, along with a very high fire danger rating, the ban started just after midnight this morning.
The total fire ban covers the local government areas of Wollongong, Kiama, Shellharbour, as well as the Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee and Wollondilly areas.
The Rural Fire Service said all these areas have a very High Fire Danger Rating today.
People should report any unattended fires to triple-zero.
On a day of Total Fire Ban, there is a ban on any fires out in the open.
A gas or electric barbeque is allowed, but only if:
• It is on a residential property within 20 metres of the house or dwelling,
• It is in a picnic area with an approved device,
• It is under the direct control of a responsible adult,
• The ground around the barbecue is cleared for 2m of any material that can burn, and
• There is an immediate and continuous supply of water available.
Full details on Total Fire Ban rules are available on the NSW RFS website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.