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NSW: Hot, dry, windy conditions to push firies to limit

06 Feb 2009 5:00 PM

Extremely hot .. dry and windy conditions are expected to push fire fighters to the limit over the weekend .. as New South Wales braces for 40-plus temperatures.

More than 70-thousand volunteer Rural Fire Service firefighters are on high alert .. with extreme temperatures and dry conditions forecast for more than 60 per cent of New South Wales.

Authorities are warning firebugs to watch their backs .. and residents to avoid complacency as the state braces for soaring temperatures and extreme fire risk.

Up to one-thousand New South Wales Fire Brigades personel will also be standing by on the urban fringes of Sydney .. Newcastle .. Wollongong and the Central Coast.

Total fire bans have been declared across New South Wales .. including the greater Sydney .. Hunter and Illawarra regions .. with the exception of the northeast corner of the state.