Rural Fire Service warns about continuing dry conditions

Warning: The Rural Fire Service says the long dry spell is set to continue. Photo: file
Warning: The Rural Fire Service says the long dry spell is set to continue. Photo: file

Two current fires burning in the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area are under control 

The Red Hill Telegraph Point bushfire is about 50 hectares in size and has been contained by fire crews from the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.

Crews will continue to patrol the fire throughout Thursday, said an RFS spokesperson.

A 20-hectare hazard reduction burn some seven kilometres south of Wauchope is also under control with Forest Corporation of NSW crews monitoring that site.

RFS district officer Stuart Robb says the Mid-North Coast is continuing to experience dryer than normal conditions.

"There is no significant rain forecast for the coming weeks," Mr Robb said.

"Landholders wanting to undertake hazard reductions burning on their properties should firstly ensure that they are allowed to burn in their area and if there are any permit restrictions. 

"They should notify the local fire control centre and their neighbours 24 hours before they intend to burn.

"On the day they should ensure that the weather conditions like the fire danger rating, wind and temperature are suitable and in particular what the weather conditions will be for the duration of the burn. 

At this time of year on the Mid-North Coast winds typically pick up in the afternoon making fire harder to manage.

Stuart Robb

"At this time of year on the Mid-North Coast winds typically pick up in the afternoon making fire harder to manage."

Mr Robb said landholders should also ensure they have adequate equipment to manage and extinguish the fire if needed and ensure that they supervise the fire for the duration. 

"Should they be experiencing difficulties call Triple 000 immediately," he added.

"A small fire is easier to contain than one that has had time to grow."

The RFS is also urging residents and landholders to start preparing for the upcoming bushfire season.

By taking 20 minutes with your family to discuss what you will do during a fire, could save their lives as well as your home, Mr Robb said.

There are four simple steps to get ready for a bush fire:

  • Discuss what to do if a bush fire threatens your home
  • Prepare your home and get it ready for the bush fire season
  • Know the bush fire alert levels
  • Keep up to date with the conditions in your area by using the fires near me app, visiting the NSW RFS website or calling the Bush Fire Information line on 1 800 679 737.

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