North Coast fire rating now 'severe' with fire ban continued

THE Coffs Coast now faces a 'severe' fire risk with the NSW Rural Fire Service warning the worst bushfire conditions seen in recent years could prevail on Wednesday. 

A statewide Total Fire Ban has been declared for a second straight day leading into Wednesday after 'catastrophic' fire conditions in southern NSW today. 

In some of the worst bushfire conditions on record, the Rural Fire Service has monitored a reported 130 fires across the state. 

The North Coast remained on 'Very High' fire alert, but conditions are set to worsen tomorrow with temperatures rising into the high 30s fanned by strong hot, dry winds.  

"I cannot say it more plainly: the risk is real and potentially deadly. People need to act now," RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.

"If you live in bush land or an isolated area where there is a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating your only option is to leave early.

"You could move to a built up area, away from bush land, such as the centre of a town.

"However, people living in built up areas, well away from bush land, with minimal exposure to vegetation, should monitor conditions and follow their Bush Fire Survival Plan."   

More generally, the NSW RFS advises people to:

  • Prepare a Bush Fire Survival Plan and act on it. It is not too late to do a plan tonight;
  • Find out where their 'Neighbourhood Safer Place' (place of last resort) is located;
  • Stay informed via local media, news websites, plus the RFS' website, Facebook page and Twitter feed;
  • Do not travel into any bush fire prone areas; and
  • Avoid being in a bush fire prone area in the heat of the day.

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