ANY bushfire that starts on the NSW North Coast today has the potential to threaten lives and destroy homes, the Rural Fire Service and Bureau of Meteorology have warned.
As hot dry winds continue to buffet the region, the Rural Fire Service has issued a severe fire danger rating and issued a total fire ban for the state's north east, while the Bureau has issued a fire weather warning.
Fire danger ratings reflect the level of risk fires could present rather than the risk of a fire starting.
The "severe" rating is the third-most serious rating in a scale of six, ranging from low-moderate to catastrophic.
People living in areas with a severe fire danger rating are advised, in the event of a fire, that leaving early is the safest options. Only people with well-prepared homes who are physically and mentally prepared for the effort of fighting off a fire should consider staying.
- Byron Bay - Windy. Sunny. 29
- Lismore - Mostly sunny. 37
- Grafton - Mostly sunny. 40
- Coffs Harbour - Mostly sunny. 32
- Ballina - Sunny. 33
- Tweed Heads - Windy. Sunny. 27
At present there are six fires burning between the Queensland border and Grafton - the continuing blaze at Minyon Falls, a bushfire at Stead Road, Jiggi, a bushfire at Coombell, south west of Casino, one at Deep Creek, one west of Whiporie, and one at Tucabia.
All are either under control or being brought under control. A seventh fire, at Brunswick Heads, has been extinguished.
The Bureau of Meteorology is warning of continued hot weather today, ranging between 27C at Tweed Heads and 40C at Grafton, accompanied by west to northwesterly winds and the chance of thunderstorms.