A Barrack Heights resident has reportedly ignored the statewide total fire ban by conducting an alleged illegal backyard burn on Friday.
The 74-year-old man may receive a $2200 fine as a result.
Fire and Rescue NSW officials received the call about 1.09pm regarding the incident on Shellharbour Road, Barrack Heights.
A spokesperson said the incident was attended by a crew from Sydney that was standing by in the Illawarra, as many of the region's trucks were already assisting on the South Coast.
The spokesperson said the "small illegal backyard burn" was extinguished with a garden hose by about 1.30pm.
The spokesperson said with regard to such incidents, "little things can quickly become big things, regardless of where they are".
"Incidents such as this one can tie up resources... It could create a bigger fire, or tie up resources like a truck that could be somewhere else," the spokesperson said.
Police were requested to attend the scene.
A Lake Illawarra Police District spokesperson said police attended the scene.
The spokesperson said the matter was still being investigated, but the man may be issued with a $2200 fine.