Days warmer, fire danger higher, as spring finds its stride

SPRING is definitely in full swing, with temperatures creeping into the 30s and blue skies welcoming holidaymakers across the Northern Rivers.

And we can expect more of the same this week and into the long weekend.

However, the warming weather is raising the fire danger on the Northern Rivers, with the Rural Fire Service lifting the risk from any fires burning in the region from high yesterday to very high today.

The "very high" fire danger rating applies to the Far North Coast and New England regions, with the rest of NSW rated as having a "high" or "moderate" risk.

Temperatures hit 30 degrees in Lismore yesterday, and it's forecast to get as high as 34 degrees at Casino today.

On Thursday the temperature will be lower, peaking at 21 degrees, but by Monday the sunny weather will be back and pushing the thermometer up to the mid-20s.

Meanwhile, increasing fire danger around Minyon Falls has prompted the National Parks and Wildlife Service to close the Minyon Loop walking track, although the falls' lookout, picnic area and campsite remain open.

A 150-hectare bushfire is burning behind containment lines in the Nightcap National Park in the area of the falls.

The NPWS is concerned changes in the weather over the next few days could intensify the blaze.

Go to the Rural Fire Service website to put together a bush fire survival plan.

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WEATHER: Thunderstorms, strong winds this afternoon

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