Much of NSW is waking up under a total fire ban as hot and windy conditions create perfect conditions for blazes to take hold.
The Rural Fire Service urged residents to prepare their homes, follow bushfire survival plans and remain vigilant ahead of this week's predicted strong south-westerly winds and high temperatures.
Total fire bans are in place for nine regions - the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, Central Ranges, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, New England, North Western, Northern Slopes, Southern Ranges and Southern Slopes regions.
Temperatures are expected to reach 41C in Moree and Walgett in northern NSW and Muswellbrook in the Hunter region.
Penrith in Sydney's west and Tibooburra in the state's far northwest are forecast to reach 40C.