Surf Life Saving has closed most beaches on the lower and Mid-North Coast due to widespread bushfires affecting air quality and forcing road closures in some areas.
Beaches will not be patrolled by lifesavers on Saturday (November 9) and some clubs may cancel Nippers programs on Sunday, November 10.
Surf Life Saving NSW Director of Lifesaving Joel Wiseman is appealing to the public to exercise caution along the coast today.
Callout teams are on standby for emergency incidents however many surf lifesavers may be involved in bushfire activities including property protection.
"Many of our members in regional areas are also volunteers for other emergency services, including the SES and Rural Fire Service.
"We have made the decision to close beaches today to protect our volunteers from poor air quality and free them to take part in fire fighting activities or to assist their families or communities away from the beach," said Joel Wiseman.
"Road closures may also make it difficult for some members to get to the beach for their rostered patrol.
"Our thoughts are with the communities along the coast affecting by these fires and we are happy to assist in any way we can."
The following beaches will not be patrolled by surf lifesavers on Saturday.
Lower North Coast
- Crowdy Head
- Black Head
- Taree Old Bar
Mid North Coast
- Scotts Head
- South West Rocks
- Hat Head
- Crescent Head
- Port Macquarie
- Tacking Point
- Bonny Hills
- Camden Haven
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