Total fire ban now!

SANTA could have some hot weather in store on Christmas Eve if the current conditions continue.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast hot, dry and windy weather across NSW today and tomorrow, with north-westerly winds expected to push fire danger ratings to extreme levels.

That's why a total fire ban is in place across the State until midnight on Christmas Eve, which means the lighting of fires in the open is prohibited.

Even if you've got a permit from either NSW Fire Brigades or the NSW Rural Fire Service, those permits cannot be used during the ban.

"Conditions are drying out again. Forested areas are still fairly dry," RFS Mid North Coast manager Warwick Roche said.

"We've got a fire in State forest in the Nambucca area and three days ago, we had one burning very nicely at Nana Glen. We got around it okay, but it took longer than it should have to bring it under control.

RFS Commissioner Phil Koperberg said people should prepare their families and properties for bushfires.

"Ensure you have decided who would stay to protect your property if it is well prepared, and who would relocate early so they can leave safely and not be caught by fire on the road," he said.

"If you and your property are prepared, your home can be a refuge from bushfire. If you are relocating, do so early and safely."

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