UPDATE @ 4.30 PM | A TOTAL fire ban for the Tweed Region and much of northern New South Wales has been extended into tomorrow, with dangerous fire conditions expected.
It comes as the Far North Coast weather area is predicted to reach ‘extreme’ in the early afternoon on Friday.
Neighbouring areas including Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Lismore and Clarence Valley Shires have also been included in the Total Fire Ban, whilst a local fire ban has also been imposed for the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast.
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The NSW Royal Fire Service warns that under ‘extreme’ fire danger, fires will be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving.
“Only consider staying if you are prepared to the highest level,” they said.
During a Total Fire Ban you cannot light, maintain or use a fire in the open, or carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.
General purpose hot works such as welding, grinding or gas cutting, or any activity that produces a spark or flame are also not to be done in the open.
The NSW Rural Fire Service & Fire + Rescue NSW are standing up additional crews in preparation for tomorrow’s expected conditions.
EARLIER @ 8.30 AM | A total fire ban is now in place for the Tweed Region and much of northern New South Wales, as fire conditions deteriorate.
A severe fire danger rating has been issued with hot, dry conditions and northeasterly winds forecast for today.
Temperatures in Tweed Heads are nearing 30 degrees today, and pushing to 31 degrees tomorrow.
High 20s temps expected for the weekend and much of next week, with absolutely no rain in sight.
Though it is set to become quite windy mid-next week, which could worsen fire conditions.
While the total fire ban has only officially been declared for today, it is expected to continue tomorrow as well.
Seven total fire bans are now in place across #NSW. Very High to severe fire danger is forecast across much of the state. Report all unattended fires to Triple Zero. #NSWRFS pic.twitter.com/sZ7VNsIjIi
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 6, 2019
Similarly, just over the border, the Gold Coast is experiencing a ‘very high’ fire danger, which could escalate to ‘severe’ on Friday.
A total fire ban remains in place for the Gold Coast until midnight Saturday.