THE Rural Fire Service’s latest update includes revised prediction from the Bureau of Meteorolgy that conditions tomorrow will be worse than previously thought.
While the RFS have always been concerned about Thursday’s conditions, NSW Rural Fire Services Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has described the forecast as being ‘‘about as bad as it gets’’.
He has warned people to have a fire plan in place and not to leave decisions until to the last minute.
Widespread extreme fire danger ratings will apply to the fire grounds of the Blue Mountains and the Southern Highlands.
The revised forecast is for temperatures in the mid-high 30s, with humidity down to 10 per cent.
Strong winds are forecast with gusts of between 80km/h to 100km/h.
Winds are predicted to strengthen very quickly in the morning.
A total fire ban is in effect.
Listen to ABC Illawarra 97.3 as the emergency broadcaster, visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and download the RFS app 'FiresNear Me' Aggressive backburning has been been undertaken at fires already burning.
Illawarra residents are being asked to prepare for ember attacks.
An emergency operations centre will be established at RFS headquarters at Albion Park.