A total fire ban has been declared for the New South Wales Far North Coast for Friday with hot and windy conditions forecast.
A severe fire danger is expected with temps in the high 20s and strong northwesterly winds ahead of a cool change.
The winds are expected to reach up to 45 km/h making conditions tricky for firefighters.
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The total fire ban covers the Tweed, Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore and Richmond Valley shires.
It will come into effect at midnight tonight until 11.59pm on Friday.
The Rural Fire Services advises the total fire ban means no fires out in the open – you cannot light, maintain or use a fire in the open, or to carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.
This includes general purpose hot works, which are not to be done in the open (such as welding, grinding or gas cutting or any activity that produces a spark or flame).