Total Fire Ban in place: Fire crews remain at Pericoe fire ground ready to 'catch anything' during today's dangerous conditions


A total fire ban is in place until midnight as the fire danger rating in the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley moves to very high today, with the fire danger rating in the surrounding  Monaro Alpine and Shoalhaven districts rated as Severe. 

Residents in the Towamba Valley and other elevated areas of the Far South Coast are asked to be extra vigilant with nor'wester winds, low humidity and temperatures expected to reach the high thirties.

The RFS has crews at the Forestry fire in  the pine plantation near Pericoe ready to catch anything during the day.

One local took to social media last night to express concern about embers flying off the fire ground today. The fire started on Tuesday and has burnt over 10 hectares.

Conditions on the coast are expected to be less extreme with winds from the north east. 

To keep abreast of developments throughout the day go to the RFS website and the Fires Near Me page.  

There's also a possibility of thunderstorms developing during the afternoon, go to the BOM for the latest. 

There were 50 fires across the state on Wednesday afternoon, 24 of which were uncontained.

More than 1000 firefighters remain in the field.

With severe fire danger the RFS says leaving early is the safest option for survivial. Well-prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety, but only stay if you are physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions. If you're not prepared leave early on the day. 

With a very high fire danger rating the RFS says review your bush fire survival plan with your family. Keep yourself well informed and monitor conditions. Be ready to act if necessary.