THE Central West is being warned to expect severe to extreme fire conditions on Tuesday as temperatures are forecast to climb into the 30s.
As parts of the north coast continue to battle one of the worst fire storms NSW has endured, authorities are warning the conditions are likely to become worse before they get better.
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After a relatively cool weekend across the Central West, Tuesday will be a dangerous day with temperatures expected to skyrocket and winds forecast to reach near 40 kilomtres per hour, meaning the fire conditions across the region will intensify as well.
It will be slightly cooler day in Lithgow, with 28, and a top of 31 degrees Celsius is predicted for Bathurst, while other parts of the Central Ranges are also forecast to bake. Orange is expecting a top of 27 and Mudgee will peak at 34.
In addition, a statewide total fire ban has been declared across NSW for Monday and Tuesday due to the dangerous conditions.
The NSW RFS says based on the current forecast Tuesday's fire conditions will be severe to extreme, a warning likely to stretch from the Queensland border to the south coast, and across parts of the Central West.
The extensive fire activity in northern NSW won't be contained in time and the forecast for more dry, hot and windy weather early next week will make the conditions even worse, the NSW RFS says.
The NSW RFS adds, fires will have the potential to spread quickly and will threaten homes and lives.
Authorities are urging residents to stay up to date on bush fires in your area and take responsibility for your own safety.
A bushfire at Gospers Mountain near Lithgow was being battled by the RFS on Sunday. It has now burned more than 25,000 hectares.
There were three fires in the Central West on Sunday, with a bush fire at Mumbil and a grass fire on the Obley Road, just south of Dubbo, both under control.
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