All fire permits are suspended until midnight due to very high fire danger forecast across the Shoalhaven.
Winds are forecast to gust to more than 60km/h from the west throughout the day and temperatures are predicted to get into the high 20s in some areas.
In Nowra at 8.30am the temperature had already reached 24 degrees and was heading for a top of 26.
Winds were gusting at 52km/h from the west in Nowra earlier today.
The fire ban will be reviewed this afternoon and may be extended depending on the forecast for Wednesday.
Shoalhaven RFS district officer James Morris said with the current warm weather forecast and a very high fire danger the decision was taken to suspend permits to undertake hazard reduction burns.
“If anyone has permitted burns going at the moment they need to be extinguished,” he said.
“If the RFS is called to any fire burning today, regardless if the landowner has a permit or not the fire will be extinguished,” he said.
Mr Morris urged residents to remain vigilant throughout spring and summer.
“It is a concern that we are virtually just out of winter and we are already getting summer-like conditions,” he said.
“The area is extremely dry and we are really only on the tail end of winter.
The Rural Fire Service and National Parks will be keeping a close watch on the large number of hazard reduction burns conducted in the region over the last week to make sure there are no flare ups.