Due to the extreme fire danger over the next handful of days and today's total fire ban, all State forests from Sydney to the Queensland border and the Northern Tablelands will be closed to the public until this Saturday, November 9.
The closure applies to all State forests in the following Rural Fire Service zones
- Greater Sydney Region
- Far North Coast
- North Coast
- Greater Hunter
- New England
- Northern Slopes.
The only exceptions are Cumberland State Forest, Treetops Adventure Park at Ourimbah State Forest and Sealy Lookout at Orara East State Forest.
Forestry Corporation of NSW forest stewardship senior manager, Kathy Lyons asked the community to stay out of these State forests due to the very high risk to public safety.
"We are expecting very high to severe and extreme fire weather over the next three days and there are already extensive fires across the north coast and tablelands," Ms Lyons said.
"Fires are likely to be uncontrollable in these conditions.
"All State forests from the north of Sydney to the Queensland border and the northern tablelands will be closed for the next three days due to the high fire danger.
"This closure will affect popular camp grounds and picnic areas throughout the region including Olney, Heaton and Strickland State forests, Swans Crossing near Kendall, Coopernook Headquarters and recreation areas along the Allyn River and Telegherry River in the Chichester State forest.
"Please do not enter these forests over the next three days."
For the latest information about fires, visit the Rural Fire Service website.
Several bushfires in the Great Lakes area, which have been burning for close to three weeks, have been downgraded to advice level and are all under control.