A total fire ban has been declared for today as heatwave conditions sweep the state.
The North Western council areas have been declared as 'severe' fire danger, while the Northern Slopes and New England areas have been rated as 'very high'.
Hot and windy conditions saw NSW Fire and Rescue declare the ban not just for the New England, Northern Slopes, and North Western regions, but also for the Far North Coast, North Coast, Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney Region, Illawarra/Shoalhaven and Central Ranges for Sunday, November 29.
Commencing at midnight last night, the ban covers Glen Innes Severn, Tenterfield, Uralla, Walcha and Armidale; Gunnedah, Gwydir, Inverell, Liverpool Plains and Tamworth; as well as the Moree Plains, Narrabri, Walgett, Warrumbungle areas.
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) said they may issue a Harvest Safety Alert for areas of heightened risk.
"Harvest operators should monitor conditions and regularly check that they are operating within guidelines."
No fires may be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended during a Total Fire Ban.
Gas and electric barbeques may be used provided certain conditions are met.
Total Fire Ban rules and a map of current Total Fire Ban areas are listed here.