The ILLAWARRA 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 has 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 including Illawarra/Shoalhaven and Greater Sydney.
Temperatures are expected to reach 34C in Albion Park and 35C in Nowra.
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