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Homes lost on Mid-North Coast; a long way to go for fire crews: rolling updates

Tuesday, November 12 was a very long and very dangerous day for fire crews across New South Wales.

A dozen homes have been damaged or destroyed, particularly at Hillville near Taree.

According to Rural Fire Service Commissoner Shane Fitzsimmons, the work to contain fires and manage fire zones is likely to continue until it rains - and rains a lot.

West of the Pacific Highway from Nambucca Heads in the north to Laurieton in the south remained on high alert with all villages warned to taken action before it was too late.

The 60,000 hectare fire at Stockyard Creek west of Wauchope remains a pressure point. Residents at Pappinbarra, Hollisdale, Long Flat, Bellangry, Rollands Plains, Ballengarra, Beechwood and Telegraph Point are being urged to monitor conditions and be aware of burning embers.

There's were more than 3000 firefighters working hard across the state in some terrible conditions.

Laurieton United Services Club at 2 Seymour Street Laurieton; Wauchope High School and Wauchope Showground (for animals) are designated evacuation centres. Westport Club and Panthers Port Macquarie are among local clubs open as safe places and will also be a back-up evacuation centre if required.

If you are unable to leave your area, identify a safer location which may be nearby. This may include a cleared area well away from bushland, or an identified Neighbourhood Safer Place www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/nsp

A southerly change is forecast early on Wednesday morning. This may push the fire in a northerly direction.

Stay up to date on bush fires in your area by checking the NSW RFS website, listening to your local radio station, or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737. Call Triple-0 (000) in an emergency.

For information on road closures, check www.livetraffic.com. Roads may be closed without warning.

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