Northern Rivers RFS Superintendent addresses residents at Woodburn.
Northern Rivers RFS Superintendent addresses residents at Woodburn. Aisling Brennan

'We are in a world of hurt as a state'

UPDATE 3.31pm: PEOPLE are being urged to monitor fire conditions over the coming days as hotter weather and more wind is forecast.

Northern Rivers RFS Superintendent Michael Brett warned residents should take further precaution as winds get set to change. 

"Come tomorrow we're seeing a wind sweep in from the north and then on Saturday and Sunday we're in the north-westerly (winds).

"It's going to be hotter and more wind.

"Coming into next week, we could potentially see going into severe fire danger by Tuesday.

"We could see a return of what we saw on Friday.

"I'm not painting a pretty picture. I don't want to do that."

After some residents raised concerns about receiving mixed messaging about whether to evacuate during Tuesday's extreme conditions, Richmond Police District Superintendent Toby Lindsay said the community needed to rely on the RFS for updates.

"The RFS is the source of truth for emergency messaging in relation to the risk of fires," he said.

"There are a number of really good platforms the RFS provide the community, the RFS Fires Nears Me App is one I personally endorse.

"Obviously as some of the fires evolve, we will get our messaging through the RFS.

"Please take direction if you are effected by the fires by local RFS, police or other government agencies telling you information to keep you safe."

 

UPDATE 11.39am: THE Rural Fire Service and police are addressing concerned residents about the ongoing bushfires at the Woodburn Bowling Club

Northern Rivers RFS Superintendent Michael Brett addressed about 200 people wanting to hear about the threat of the severe bush fire conditions.

Michelle Lohse shared this photograph of the Myall Creek Road fire's smoke plume, which is visible from Woodburn.
Michelle Lohse shared this photograph of the Myall Creek Road fire's smoke plume, which is visible from Woodburn. Michelle Lohse

"We're dealing with fire behaviour conditions we don't usually see," Supt Brett said.

"The behaviour is very erratic, hot and dangerous.

"The erratic behaviour is making it very hard for our fire fighters to see where the fire will run."

Supt Brett said the community needed to understand the fire situation was unlikely to change unless there is decent rainfall soon.

"The Bureau of Meteorology's best guess (for decent rainfall) is hit until January or February," he said.

"We are in a world of hurt as a state."

Supt Brett said local RFS volunteers have been dealing with an intense fire season since July and everyone was "very fatigued" but urged everyone to remain "vigilant" as conditions are expected to worsen next week.

Richmond Police District Superintendent Toby Lindsay is currently addressing the meeting.

More to come.

 

Original story: WOODBURN residents concerned about the ongoing bush fire situation are invited to attend a community meeting on Thursday.

NSW Rural Fire Service will be hosting the community meeting to update residents on the current bush fire situation at the Woodburn Bowling Club, 106 Richmond Street Woodburn from 11am on Thursday, November 14.

Representatives from the NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW Police and the council will be available to provide information and advice.

For updates on the current fire situation, please visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or call the NSW Rural Fire Service Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.



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