The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) have continued the total fire ban for Monday (September 25) after a weekend of hot, dry wind has kept fire fighters busy.
A ban was originally declared for Sunday (September 24) due to the predicted severe winds and high temperatures for the Mid Coast region, as well as, other parts of the State. This has been continued due to forecast hot and windy conditions for Monday.
The ban covers the following councils:
- North Coast (Severe) — Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, MidCoast, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey, Nambucca
- Far North Coast (Severe) — Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tweed
- Greater Hunter (Very High) — Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Upper Hunter
- New England (Very High) — Armidale Regional, Glen Innes Severn, Tenterfield, Uralla, Walcha
Fires in the Mid Coast region that have flared up over the weekend are at various stage of control.
On Sunday (September 24) morning, two airplanes and two helicopters were deployed to drop water and conduct surveillance of the bush fire that started on a property on Belbora Creek Road, Belbora, east of Gloucester on Saturday afternoon (September 23). The fire had spread overnight and was threatening properties on Dees Road.
By Sunday evening, the fire had jumped Dees Road and spread into dense bushland, where it began to dissipate throughout the evening. There are no reports of property lost at this stage.
As of 9am on Monday, September 25 the NSW RFS Fires Near Me website has the following fires listed:
- Bowman, Thunderbolts Way
- Tugrabakh, Bundook Road
- Tipperary, Afflecks Road, size 209 hectares
- Mount George, Nowendoc Road, size 50 hectares
- Belbora, Belbora Creek Road, size 163 hectares
- Coolongolook, Willina Road
- Bulahdelah, Old Inn Road, size 1042 hectares (managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service)
- Nabiac, Aerodrome Road
- Tuncurry, Lakes Way, size 2538 hectares
Out of control:
- Mount George, Borserio Drive
A spokesperson for the NSW RFS has indicated that the major fires of concern heading into Monday are: Coolongolook, Tipperary and Belbora.