NSW Rural Fire Service warn of worsening conditions

Water bombing on the Belbora fire, east of Gloucester
Water bombing on the Belbora fire, east of Gloucester

The NSW Rural Fire Service warn of worsening conditions over the October long weekend as fires in the Mid Coast region continue to burn.

A spokesperson for the NSW RFS said the Mid Coast has experienced a prolonged period of very high fire danger with numerous bush fires burning across the region and is appealing for the community to be vigilant over the weekend.  

Local fire fighters, who have worked hard for weeks, are now being supported by RFS strike teams from other regions around the state.

Friday (September 29) crews will be consolidating containment lines ahead of forecast worsening fire weather over the long weekend.

“Fire fighters are working tirelessly in preparation for tomorrows forecast fire conditions,” district manager for the Mid Coast NSW RFS, superintendent Kam Baker said.

“With so many fires already, the last thing we need is new fires that can be prevented. We need the community to take all precautions this weekend,” superintendent Baker continued.

“With so many travellers and campers filling campgrounds this weekend open campfires present the risk of new ignitions. Because it’s just so dry there should be no open campfires this weekend, and residents should avoid activities that might spark a fire such as slashing or mowing.” 

Solid fuel fire bans are in place for State Forests and National Parks. Campgrounds across the region will be actively patrolled across the weekend to enforce these bans.

Fire fighters supported by aircraft yesterday gained the upper hand on a number of fires including the Afflecks, Farrells and Thunderbolts Fires.

Friday efforts will be focused on establishing and strengthening containment lines at the Mount George fire to the west of Wingham, the Belbora fire to the north east of Gloucester, and the Innes View Road Fire west of Laurieton. 

As of 12:30pm on Friday, September 29 the NSW RFS Fires Near Me website has the following other fires listed in the region:

Out of control:

  • Hallidays Point, Blackhead Road 
  • Mount George, Borserio Drive
  • Bobin, Millers Road
  • Being controlled:
  • Belbora Creek Road, Belbora, burnt 800 hectares
  • Mount George, Nowendoc Road, burnt 90 hectares 
  • Gloucester Tops, Barrington Tops National Park, burnt 23 hectares
  • Upper Chichester, Barrington Tops National Park, burnt 333 hectares 
  • Chichester Dam, Barrington Tops National Park, burnt 317 hectares  

Under control:

  • Innes View, Innes View Road, burnt 1550 hectares
  • Bowman, Thunderbolts Way, burnt 315 hectares
  • Bulahdelah, Old Inn Road, burnt 1042 hectares
  • Tipperary, Afflecks Road, size burnt 526 hectares
  • Tuncurry, Lakes Way, burnt 2538 hectares
  • Stroud, Farrells Road,  burnt 27 hectares

Travellers and residents should be ready to implement their bush fire survival plan.

If you don’t have a plan visit www.myfireplan.com.au/ for information, monitor the situation closely and keep key information available.

Download the Fires Near Me application available on Android and IOS from the App Store and visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

There will continue to be smoke across the Mid Coast region over the weekend.

Report all unattended fires to Emergency Triple Zero (000).

For further information on fires in the area contact the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.​