A solid fuel fire ban is in place in all national parks and reserves in central western NSW, including near Dubbo, as the bushfire danger period starts.
The ban, which attracts penalties for non-compliance, means only gas, liquid fuel stoves and electric barbecues can be used, under certain conditions.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) central west area manager Fiona Buchanan said solid fuel bans protected the safety of visitors and were one of the ways to protect reserves from the threat of fire.
The solid fuel fire bans were in place in Beni and Goonoo State Conservation Areas, and both Goonoo and Goobang National Parks, all near Dubbo, as well as about 10 other sites.
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"If a total fire ban is declared, no fires of any sort can be lit in the open," Ms Buchanan said.
To check if a reserve has a solid fuel ban in place visit the NPWS website or call the NPWS central west area office on 6841 7100.
NPWS works closely with the Rural Fire Service in determining the need for various levels of fire restrictions and increase patrols of areas where fire bans are in place.