The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is urging the public to prepare and be vigilant today (Thursday) with extreme fire weather forecast for Mid North Coast areas of the State.
Mid Coast Rural Fire District Manager Superintendant Kam Baker warned the hot, dry winds and high temperatures will provide ideal conditions for bush fires.
"The Bureau of Meteorology forecast has indicated the Mid North Coast regions will experience Extreme Fire Danger," Superintendant Baker said.
"Maximum temperatures are forecast to be up to 10 degrees warmer than average for October,
reaching 40 degrees in some areas."
"Strong winds, with gusts at more than 70 kilometres an hour, are expected," he said.
"This means there is an increased risk of fast moving fires and it is important that the community understands that risk and prepares accordingly."
"We urge the public to be vigilant and report any fire by calling Triple Zero immediately."
"The NSW RFS, along with its colleagues at Fire and Rescue NSW, National Parks and Wildlife NSW are preparing for these conditions by dedicating resources such as firefighters, tankers and aircraft to these areas."
"A Bush Fire Survival Plan is vital in these conditions. With the possibility of Extreme Fire Danger I cannot stress enough the importance of a completed plan."
Superintendant Baker has encouraged people to download a Bush Fire Survival Plan for the RFS website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and fill it out with their family.
"It's also important that residents prepare their property and clear it of fuel such as leaves in gutters and wood piles near buildings," Superintendant Baker said.
Superintendant Baker also said "I would like to remind the community that the issuing of fire permits throughout the area remains suspended."