Total fire ban ahead of blustery conditions

Hot and windy conditions forecast for Wednesday has led to the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to declare a total fire ban in the northern Riverina.

The northern Riverina RFS region, which covers Carrathool, Griffith, Leeton, Hay, Murrumbidgee and Narrandera shires, is currently under a severe fire danger rating.

The fire ban came into effect at midnight on Tuesday, with farmers warned that stop harvest requests may be issued if conditions.

That became reality for those in the Bland Shire, at West Wyalong, when a cease harvest request was around 1.45pm.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting winds east to northeasterly to 20 km/h shifting westerly to 45km/h in the morning.

Daytime maximum temperatures are expected to reach the low to mid-30s before chances of a thunderstorm later in the afternoon and evening.

Forecast temperatures, November 30

  • Griffith 35
  • Hay 34
  • Wagga 33
  • Deniliquin 32
  • Albury 31

Bushfire danger ratings, November 30

  • SEVERE: Northern Riverina (Carrathool, Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera)
  • VERY HIGH: Southern Riverina (Berrigan, Conargo, Corowa, Deniliquin, Jerilderie, Murray, Urana, Wakool), Eastern Riverina (Albury, Coolamon, Greater Hume, Junee, Lockhart, Wagga), Lower Central West Plains (Bland, Dubbo, Forbes, Lachlan, Narromine, Parkes, Temora, Weddin, Wellington)
  • HIGH: Southern Slopes (Boorowa, Cootamundra, Gundagai, Harden, Tumbarumba, Tumut, Young)
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