NSW fires: State forests closed in Central West due to fire risk

CLOSED: Newnes State Forest is among the region's state forests to be closed immediately for the foreseeable future. Photo: FILE
CLOSED: Newnes State Forest is among the region's state forests to be closed immediately for the foreseeable future. Photo: FILE

STATE forests across the Central West have been closed until further notice due to the ongoing extreme fire risk in the region.

Bushfires have been sweeping through large parts of the state since September and the fire risk predicted to worsen from Tuesday.

The widespread state forest closure will impact all parks in: Bathurst, Blayney, Lithgow, Oberon and Orange from Monday, November 11.

A Forestry Corporation spokesman said these were the only areas to be impacted by the immediate closures.

State forests will be closed to the public until further notice due to the ongoing fire risk.

Forestry Corporation senior manager forest stewardship Kathy Lyons urged visitors to stay out of all closed forests for their safety.

"The landscape is incredibly dry and there are already extensive fires. Conditions can change rapidly and there remains a continued heightened fire risk until we have substantial rain," she said.

Ms Lyons said state forests in northern NSW, which have already been affected by bushfires, may remain closed for extended periods due to the high risk of trees falling after fire.

"There are many large dangerous fires moving across the landscape and we expect the high fire danger to continue for the foreseeable future," she said.

"There is a very high risk to public safety, so do not enter these forests until further notice."

Stay up-to-date with any fires in your area by downloading the Fires Near Me app or visiting the NSW Rural Fire Service online.

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This story Extreme fire risk forces closure of region's state forests first appeared on Western Advocate.