NSW RFS Fire Control Centre in Wauchope saw crews attend 27 incidents

ON STATION: The NSW RFS Fire Control Centre in Wauchope.
ON STATION: The NSW RFS Fire Control Centre in Wauchope.

A NSW RFS Fire Control Centre will continue operating in Wauchope as volunteers are bombarded by call outs.

The centre is coordinating firefighters on the Mid-North Coast and Hastings as they attend 27 separate incidents since Friday, September 6 in difficult conditions.

Crews responded to 21 bush and grass fires, a motor vehicle accident, two structure fires and three public assists involving police or ambulances.

NERVOUS TIMES: NSW RFS staff study geographical maps of the area.

NERVOUS TIMES: NSW RFS staff study geographical maps of the area.

RFS district officer Stuart Robb said temperatures reached 30 degrees and winds in excess of 60km per hour on September 6 adding to difficulties.

"The resulting fire danger rating was extreme and a total fire ban was declared from midnight on the Thursday (September 5)," he said.

"Temperatures eased on Saturday and Sunday however winds across the district remained strong with a resulting fire danger rating of very high.

"There are eight fires that remain active across the district. Two are being controlled at Kerriki (1747 ha) and Thunderbolts Way (1297 ha) while the remaining six fires are under control.

"Strong winds are forecast for Monday and Tuesday with conditions starting to ease from Tuesday afternoon through to the end of the week."

NSW RFS Mid Coast crews responded to 241 bush and grass Fires, 50 motor vehicle accidents and 131 good intent calls from July 1 to August 25.

A CALL AWAY: Radio operators delegate tasks to crews on the ground.

A CALL AWAY: Radio operators delegate tasks to crews on the ground.

NSW RFS crews is being assisted by Forestry Corporation staff, National Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters.

All fire permits remain suspended on Monday, September 9 due to a very high fire danger rating.

People are encouraged to review their bush fire survival plans and keep informed of the current conditions using the 'fires near me' app.

Residents can know more about bush fire risk in their area and prepare for bush fire season by visiting their nearest fire brigade this weekend.

Wauchope Rural Fire Brigade is hosting their Get Ready Weekend open day from 10am to 2pm on Sunday, September 15.

Bonny Hills Rural Fire Brigade is hosting a Get Ready Day on Saturday, September 14.

Camden Haven Rural Fire Brigade members will be available to talk about bush fire safety tips at their station in Kew on Saturday, September 14 from 10am to 2pm. There will also be a free barbecue.

North Shore Rural Fire Brigade are hosting an information session from 9am to noon on September 14 at the Settlement Point Ferry.

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