Total fire ban declared across NSW for Saturday and Sunday

Map from the Bureau of Meteorology. Temperature predictions for Sunday

Map from the Bureau of Meteorology. Temperature predictions for Sunday. Marnie Johnston

A total fire ban is in place across the whole state for the weekend, as authorities seek to prevent new bushfires igniting.

He said local residents - who have become as fed up as authorities with the increase in bushfire emergencies - would also play a part in keeping their communities safe. It's not another bad fire weather day. Typically that's where we see the worst of fire behaviour, the most aggressive and rapid spread of fire, " RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said on Friday.

Superintendent McArdle said all residents should take the predicted conditions seriously and make sure they have a completed and practiced Bush Fire Survival Plan, in order to protect their family and property should they be threatened by fire.

"On Sunday, Catastrophic conditions will extend from the Central West, across the tablelands to the Hunter region and out to the coast", said Superintendent Purkiss.

Those living in catastrophic fire-prone areas Hunter, Central Ranges and North Western have been told to leave as soon as possible.

The Border has been warned to brace for soaring temperatures and risky conditions, as a total fire ban was declared in NSW for Saturday. Those fires left 173 people dead, injured 500 more and destroyed thousands of homes. "Our focus turns very much to the saving of life, the saving of property and getting as many messages and warnings out as we can in light of the conditions".

It came as the temperature in Bathurst went close to 40 degrees on Friday and the city prepared for a 41 degree day on Saturday; as Essential Energy warned power users to be careful in how they used their appliances after a blackout earlier in the week in South Australia; and as one local school cancelled some of its sport for Saturday.

Some relief from the extreme heat in New South Wales is expected Monday, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

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