Fire permits suspended as temperatures rise

FIRE permits in the Shoalhaven have again been suspended.

As the area enters a possible fourth day of temperatures over 30 degrees the Rural Fire Service has suspended fire permits across the Shoalhaven.

It is the third time in as many days fire permits across the region have been cancelled.

With hot weather predicted to continue into the weekend there may be cause to cancel permits then as well.

While the fire danger in the Shoalhaven is very high, a total fire ban in large neighbouring areas like Goulburn, Bega Valley and the Eurobodalla, where temperatures were due to hit into the 40s, had not been declared.

RFS district officer James Morris said the fire danger in the area on Friday was rated as very high, with permits cancelled because of the danger of fires getting away.

“We will review the situation again at midnight Friday, but I would say with the weather forecast for warm conditions to continue further permits could well be cancelled,” he said.

People with permits are advised to look at the weather forecast for the next few days, and should resist any temptation to burn off any vegetation until a time that conditions change.

Residents are also encouraged to be aware if permits have been cancelled.

Nowra reached a high of 31 degrees on Tuesday, 33 on Wednesday and 32 degrees Thursday.

Friday has been predicted to hit 33 degrees – it reached 30 degrees by 8am, had jumped to 25.9 by 9.30am and was 30.1 at 11am.

Saturday is also expected to reach 34 with a possible shower.

The temperature is expected to drop to 23 on Sunday, with an early southerly change possibly bringing a late shower and then 21 Monday with showers before returning to 28 next Tuesday.

Temperatures are predicted to remain somewhat lower next week with 23 Wednesday and 21 Thursday and possible showers.

However authorities have warned there may be dangerous weather conditions next week that could produce a “blow up day” and possibly even lead to a catastrophic declaration.