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Total fire ban declared for Sydney and much of northern NSW

A total fire ban has been declared across Sydney and much of NSW’s north, with warm, dry and windy conditions forecast for Friday.

The Bureau of Meteorology on Friday morning revised its fire danger rating to “severe” for the greater Sydney region, extending a total fire ban in place across much of the state’s north to the capital and surrounds.

The bureau issued an extreme fire danger warning for the North Coast, New England and Northern Slopes on Friday, while a severe fire danger warning is also in place for the Hunter, Far North Coast, Central Ranges, and North Western regions.

Sydneysiders will be barred from lighting any fires in the open, including incinerators and BBQs that burn wood, charcoal or heat beads. Welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting is also banned in the open.

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