NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Mid Coast District is urging people in bush fire prone areas to be prepared and remain vigilant, with hot, dry and wind conditions forecast for today (Wednesday, September 13) with fires already burning in the region.
A total fire ban has been declared for today (Wednesday, September 13).
“The forecast high temperatures, in excess of 30 degrees along with strong winds means there is an increased risk of fires and it’s important that the community understands the risk and prepares accordingly,” RFS district manager, superintendent Kam Baker said.
Current fire activity in the MidCoast region: Four fires are being controlled and nine are listed as patrol.
Old Inn Road, Bulahdelah – Fire started at 2:16pm on Sunday, September 10 and has so far, burnt over 25 hectares on private property and National Park. Crews from NSW RFS and National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) are currently working to bring this fire under control. There is currently no threat to property.
Aerodrome Road, Nabiac – Fire started at 8:26pm on Tuesday, September 5, requiring support by aerial water bombing for five days to bring the fire under control. It has burnt 1662 ha. On Tuesday afternoon (September 12) the fire breached the north western containment lines and was brought under control by ground crews.
There has been a recent report of a fire at Dargavilles Road, Nabiac but the RFS is awaiting further information from fire crews on the ground.
Your Bush Fire Survival Plan
The Mid North Coast is currently experiencing weather conditions that have not been seen in the area for a number of years.
High temperatures, and the lack of rain have increased the risk of fires, a timely reminder for Mid Coast resident to ensure their bush fire survival plan is up to date.
There are four simple steps to get ready for a bush fire;
1. Discuss what to do if a bush fire threatens your home
2. Prepare your home and get it ready for the bush fire season
3. Know the bush fire alert levels
4. Keep all the bush fire information numbers, websites and the smartphone app.
This weekend is the NSW Rural Fire Service “Get Ready Weekend” a number of brigades across the district will be open to the public over the weekend providing a great opportunity for you to have a discussion with your local brigade on how to best prepare and protect your home from bushfires.
You can download your bush fire survival plan from https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/bush-fire-survival-plan