A catastrophic fire warning remains in place across Sydney today along with a week long state of emergency as fires continue to burn around the state.
With fire danger rising to an all time high, people are being told to take extra precautions and be ready to evacuate.
The fire danger tomorrow is now expected to be worse than originally forecast. The Illawarra/Shoalhaven is now forecast to experience a Catastrophic fire danger, as will Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter. More info here: https://t.co/RQyA5UAi8x #nswrfs #nswfires pic.twitter.com/1xlwByvpMz
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 11, 2019
One way that we can stay up to date with the latest information about the fires is by downloading the NSW Rural Fire Service app called ‘Fires Near Me’
On Monday evening, the app topped to the chats for Free app downloads on both Google Play Store and the Apple Store.
It allows user to see active fires across NSW as well as any areas of concern. The fires can be viewed in the app categorised by their severity.
You can also set up alerts in the ‘Fires Near Me’ app for your own home or homes of family members. You can add up to 10 addresses and you’ll get a notification on your smart device for any fire that could threaten that address.
The app also contains important information about preparing for and experiencing bushfires at your home.
The current advice across the state is to prepare for the worst and don’t be complacent. Any fires should be reported to 000 immediately.
However, a Catastrophic fire rating basically means that emergency services may not be able to get to you quickly if there is a fire. You should evacuate immediately.