Fire authorities have issued a warning to local residents thinking of conducting pile burns over the weekend to take care and consider the conditions.
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Fire and Rescue NSW Shoalhaven and a number of Rural Fire Service crews were called to a pile burn at a property off Albatross Road at Nowra Hill late Friday afternoon that had been fanned in the strong westerly winds.
The pile burns had burnt down towards a section of scrubby bushland east of the property before being extinguished.
A RFS spokesperson has urged land owners and residents to be mindful of the conditions before undertaking burns.
“Especially in the current weather conditions the Shoalhaven is experiencing with the strong westerly winds,” the spokesperson said.
“Those winds are expected to continue across the weekend, so we again urge landowners and residents to take care and take the proper precautions.
“We ask residents to be vigilant. Even though it is not fire season, the area has not experienced any significant rainfall and is extremely dry.
“And with the strong westerly winds at the moment it can be extremely hazardous.”
Strong westerly winds lashed the Shoalhaven for most of Friday with the Bureau of Meteorology’s site showing wind stayed in the 30 to 40km per hour range consistently throughout the day from 4.20am.
Wind gusts reached a high of 69km/h at 10.30am, 63km/h at midday and 3.30pm and up to 65km/h at 4.30pm.
The wind is expected to drop in intensity on Saturday and Sunday and change to the south west with winds expected to reach around 30km/h.
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