Fire permits suspended in hot weather, as RFS control eight blazes

Firefighters at Lindfield Park Road in Port Macquarie last month. Photo courtesy of Sancrox/Thrumster Rural Fire Brigade.
Firefighters at Lindfield Park Road in Port Macquarie last month. Photo courtesy of Sancrox/Thrumster Rural Fire Brigade.

Firefighters say permits will continue to be suspended over the next few days as temperatures are set to soar and the dry, hot weather continues.

Stuart Robb of the Rural Fire Service says their concern is that this Friday, September 6, is going to see very low humidity and higher temperatures, which makes conditions really unfavourable.

"Fire permits are already suspended and the same thing will apply on Friday and Saturday this week. We have eight fires across the district that are controlled or being controlled, and we don't want any new fires breaking out," he said.

Rural Fire Service volunteers at the Lindfield Park Road blaze last weekend.

Rural Fire Service volunteers at the Lindfield Park Road blaze last weekend.

"We do have aircraft supporting us until the weekend. People need to take extra care over the next couple of days because of the lack of rain, high temperatures and low humidity," he added.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast that the mercury will hit 34 degrees in Wauchope and 32 degrees in Port Macquarie this Friday.

The Lindfield Park Road bushfire on the edge of Port Macquarie is still burning, and the RFS are using thirty million litres of reclaimed water to flood the area over 50 days, to drown the peat burning underneath. It has already been targeted repeated by air water bombers.

A helicopter scoops up water from the Hastings River in Wauchope. Photo courtesy of Sue McDonald.

A helicopter scoops up water from the Hastings River in Wauchope. Photo courtesy of Sue McDonald.

Camp fires and barbecues using wood, charcoal or other solid fuels have been banned in all State forests on the North Coast until further notice.

Forestry Corporation of NSW's Senior Manager of Stewardship, Kathy Lyons said fire season began early this year, due to extremely dry conditions, and hotter, drier weather is forecast, with little rain on the horizon.

"Campers and picnickers wishing to light a fire to cook in these forests can only use gas appliances until the ban is lifted, which won't be until after significant rainfall," she said.

Scooping water from the Hastings River in Wauchope. Photo courtesy of Sue McDonald.

Scooping water from the Hastings River in Wauchope. Photo courtesy of Sue McDonald.

Ensure your family know what the Bush Fire Survival Plan is for them. Visit https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and.../bush-fire-survival-plan