RISING temperatures and high winds will have firefighters across the state on high alert on Sunday as the fire danger rating is expected to be severe.
The dangerous conditions have prompted the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to declare a total fire ban in many parts of the state including the New England and the North West slopes and plains.
In effective from midnight, the ban will mean any existing fire permits will be suspended and no fires may be lit in an open place.
Gas and electric barbeques may still be used in safe conditions.
The severe fire danger rating may also lead the RFS to issue a Harvest Safety Alert to harvester operators on Sunday.
Due to the heightened fire risk, RFS officials are advising harvesters to use caution, monitor conditions and ensure they are operating within safety guidelines.
For more information or to monitor fire warnings visit www.rfs.gov.au
Areas issued with a total fire ban.
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