A TOTAL fire ban has been declared for large parts of NSW on New Years Day due to forecast hot and windy conditions.
The ban will start at 5am (AEDT) tomorrow and remain in place until midnight.
The bans cover the fire weather areas of Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Gosford, Hawkesbury and Wyong.
They also cover Illawarra/Shoalhaven, the Greater Hunter, Lower Central West Plains, Central Ranges and Southern Ranges.
The Bureau of Meteorology advises that the Greater Hunter, Lower Central West Plains, Central Ranges and Southern Ranges will have a very high fire-danger rating.
A total fire ban means there is a ban on any fires out in the open.
A gas or electric barbecue is allowed if it is on a residential property within 20 metres of a house or dwelling or is in a picnic area approved by a council, National Parks or State Forest agency.