RURAL Fire Service crews in the Narooma district remain on stand-by as the district and region faces another total fire ban day.
Many parts of NSW are experiencing worse fire conditions than originally forecast.
Higher than forecast temperatures and stronger winds mean a large part of the state are at an increased risk this afternoon.
The area of increased fire danger stretches from the Hunter down the coast and ranges to the Victorian border. Across southern NSW, areas from the coast to the Riverina are experiencing worsening conditions.
Some of these areas are now experiencing an Extreme Fire Danger Rating.
Under these conditions, any fire which starts may be uncontrollable and fast moving.
Bush fire information is available on the NSW RFS website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au. People in affected areas should also monitor the NSW RFS Facebook and Twitter pages.
The fire danger on the Far South Coast is currently severe and RFS volunteer crews at both the Dalmeny Kianga and Narooma stations are at their stations watching and waiting.
Both the Sussex Inlet and Brogo fires remain under control and are being watched closely but the Yarrabin fire east of Cooma and west of Wadbilliga National Park has just been upgrade to a “watch and act”.
There was a report at 1pm of a small fire outside the containment lines at the Brogo fire.
Keep track of these and any new fires on the "Fires Near Me" mobile phone application and the RFS website.
At the Dalmeny Kianga RFS brigade station, the volunteers were hanging out speaking about their participation in fires around the region and state.
There were enough volunteers to man all four of the brigade’s appliances and they planned to remain on stand-by until 5pm.
Earlier in the day, the volunteers travelled out to the camp grounds at Brou Lake and Dalmeny making sure there were no camp fires and warning campers of the total fire ban day and the potential dangers of bush fire.
Senior Deputy Captain Greg Hill just returned last night from assisting in the major firefighting effort at Coonabarabran in the state’s northwest.
Together with another firefighter from Moruya, he was initially travelling to Goulburn on Sunday to assist when they were re-tasked to Coonabarabran, where Mr Hill duties including servicing and turning-around various firefighting aircraft.
And his face is showing the effects of standing in the blast of roaring aircraft engines.
Closer to home, Dalmeny Kianga brigade Captain Mick Anderson sang the praises of the brigade’s Cat 7 fire engine, nicknamed “Mighty Boy”.
The appliance has had a busy week first assisting with the fire that started on Warrigal Range Road helping to contain it to 98 hectares.
“It’s such a capable vehicle,” he said. “It was climbing unbelievable hills that even Edmund Hillary wouldn’t climb.
“It’s a great little striker and a perfect addition to our station.”
Since then “Mighty Boy” and its volunteers have travelled up to the Dean’s Gap fire at Sussex Inlet and even further north to another fire in the vicinity of Bendalong.
As always, the RFS was advising everyone to visit www.rfs.gov.au to download a Bush Fire Survival Plan.