All State forests closed due to extreme fire danger over coming days

All State forests across the Mid North Coast are now closed to the public due to the very high to extreme fire danger over the coming days.

The fire rating for Thursday, November 7 through until Saturday, November 9 across Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey and Nambucca is rated as severe.

It will be a tense few days for Rural Fire Service crews and other support agencies who have come off a week of intense fire fighting at Crestwood-Lake Cathie where miraculously no homes or lives were lost after a 2880 hectare blaze ripped a path through Lake Innes Nature Reserve.

A fire continues to burn at Bril Bril over almost 3000 hectares. It is being controlled as is a fire at Gum Scrub west of Telegraph Point and Ballengarra north of Cooperabung.

The closure applies to all State forests in the following Rural Fire Service zones:

  • Greater Sydney Region
  • Far North Coast
  • North Coast
  • Greater Hunter
  • New England
  • Northern Slopes.

The only exceptions are Cumberland State Forest, Treetops Adventure Park at Ourimbah State Forest and Sealy Lookout at Orara East State Forest.

Forestry Corporation of NSW's Senior Manager Forest Stewardship Kathy Lyons asked the community to stay out of these State forests due to the very high risk to public safety.

"We are expecting very high to severe and extreme fire weather over the next three days and there are already extensive fires across the north coast and tablelands. Fires are likely to be uncontrollable in these conditions," Ms Lyons said.

"All State forests from the north of Sydney to the Queensland border and the northern tablelands will be closed for the next three days due to the high fire danger.

"This closure will affect popular camp grounds and picnic areas throughout the region including Olney, Heaton and Strickland State forests, Swans Crossing near Kendall, Coopernook Headquarters and recreation areas along the Allyn River and Telegherry River in the Chichester State forest.

"Please do not enter these forests over the next three days."

For the latest information about fires, visit the Rural Fire Service website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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