Fire fighters across the Mid Coast have had a hell of a weekend, and Sunday’s strong westerly winds did nothing to improve the situation.
Fires at Bunyah, Nabiac, Dyers Crossing and Mount George are listed as out of control while those at Belbora and Tipperary are being controlled.
The Rural Fire Service reported: “At 5pm today, there are 98 bush and grass fires in NSW with 29 not yet contained. Two fires (Innes View Rd, Innes View and High Country (Cullendore Ck Rd) are at Watch and Act. Around 670 firefighters are in the field.”
Two fires in the Bulahdelah area, near Markwell Road and Old Inn Road, are under control.
At 5pm Sunday the RFS also updated information on the a bush fire burning in the Innes View area, west of Comboyne.
The fire has burnt 950 hectares and is currently out of control, the RFS.
The RFS advised: “There is a fire burning in the Innes View area, west of Comboyne. The fire has burnt 950 hectares. People in Comboyne, Innes View and Boorganna can expect to see smoke and possibly embers. Colling Road is closed from Elands to Comboyne. Firefighting crews are on the ground. Aircraft are also being sent.
“Advice to people in the Innes View, Comboyne and Boorganna area should monitor the situation closely.
“Check and follow your bush fire survival plan. The safest option is to leave early if safe to do so. Colling Road is closed from Elands To Comboyne.
“If you do not have a bush fire survival plan, decide now what you will do if the fire threatens your property.
“Well prepared, actively defended homes can offer safety during the fire.”
The total fire ban will continue across the Mid Coast on Monday, September 25. The ban will also cover the Hunter, Far North Coast and New England.
The RFS advised at 3pm Sunday, September 24: “Four areas will be under total fire ban Monday, September 25. Very High to Severe fire danger conditions are expected to continue from the Hunter to the far north coast and inland around the New England area. Now is the time to discuss your plan and know your risk.”