The Rural Fire Service says forecast dangerous fire conditions on the Far South Coast look to be accurate with wind gusts across the region picking up and temperatures rising. Low humidity is also a factor in the conditions which have led to the fire danger rating of severe across the Far South Coast.
The RFS says the northern part of the Eurobodalla may also experience extreme conditions.
North of the Eurobodalla shire is Shoalhaven which is in a catastrophic fire danger zone today.
RFS crews are on standby across the region.
RFS Illawarra superintendent Greg Wardell has told people they shouldn't be relying on emergency text messages if a fire develops today.
Main messages to the community are:
- Be prepared. Leave early if that is your plan. Only stay if you are well prepared mentally, physically and logistically.
- Don't rely on warning systems such as text alerts, and don't rely on the RFS or emergency services turning up to your property to warn you. They may not be able to.
- Get information from rfs.nsw.gov.au and the Fires Near Me page. Download the Fires Near Me app if you can.
- Have your emergency kit ready, with your papers and medication, radio etc. Have plans for your animals.
- If you see smoke call 000 immediately.
- It's a total fire ban. Do not light fires.