There is severe fire danger on the Northern Rivers.
There is severe fire danger on the Northern Rivers. MARC STAPELBERG

Two emergency level bushfires, a dozen others out of control

UPDATE, 3.20pm: THERE are numerous fires burning across the Northern Rivers. This is the latest information:

  • Mount Mckenzie Rd, Tenterfield: ALERT LEVEL: Emergency Warning, out of control
  • Long Gully Rd, Drake: Emergency warning, out of control
  • Derby St, Tenterfield: Out of control
  • Douglas St, Tenterfield: Out of control
  • Dam Lane, Tenterfield: Out of control
  • New England Hwy, 4km south of Tenterfield: Out of control
  • Bruxner Highway, Drake, out of control
  • Chauvel Rd, Tabulam, out of control
  • Charles St, Tabulam, out of control
  • Benns Rd, Shannon Brook, under control
  • Diggers Gully, Yabbra, under control
  • Summerland Way, Shannon Brook, under control
  • Dibbs St, Coraki, out of control
  • Old Tenterfield Rd, Six Mile Swamp, under control.

 

UPDATE 2.32pm; A RESIDENTIAL estate on the outskirts of Tenterfield is under direct ember attack.

Numerous fire crews are at Saddlers Estate fighting the blaze.

The New England Highway is closed in both directions near the fire.

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There is an emergency level warning for a bushfire near Tenterfield.
There is an emergency level warning for a bushfire near Tenterfield. Fires Near Me

 

UPDATE, 2.30pm:  THE fire burning near Tenterfield has been elevated to Emergency Warning level and is burning out of control.

Emergency Warning means: An Emergency Warning is the highest level of Bush Fire Alert. You may be in danger and need to take action immediately. Any delay now puts your life at risk.

 

UPDATE 2.11pm: FIRE and Rescue NSW is responding to large grass fire on the outskirts of Tenterfield.

A FR NSW spokesman said a firetruck and tanker are on scene at the fire near Western Street and Laird Street.

He said the fire is burning in a south-easterly direction towards the New England Highway, though is not expected to close.

"We have a crew in the vicinity of Western St and Laird St.

"Large grass fire heading in south-easterly direction towards New England Hwy, and houses in the southern parts of Pelham Street area could be under threat and residents should take care to stay abreast of the situation."

He said the crews have called for assistance from the NSW Rural Fire Service.

More to come

 

UPDATE 1.55pm: SEVERAL fires on the Northern Rivers have been elevated to Watch and Act level.

That means there is a heightened level of threat. Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect you and your family.

Fires under Watch and ACT

  • Long Gully Road, Drake
  • Mt Mckenzie Road, Tenterfield

Meanwhile, it's all hands on deck at the RFS Northern Zone regarding the fire at Summerland Way south of Casino.

Inspector Daniel Ainsworth said police have closed Summerland Way and drivers should avoid the area.

Police have blocked Summerland Way south of Casino Showgrounds.

More to come.

 

UPDATE, 1.52pm: CREWS are  on scene at a fire on the Summerland Way, Shannon Brook area.

Summerland Way is closed in both directions to allow firefighter to work in the area. 

 

LATEST: THE Rural Fire Service says people should not underestimate the fire danger facing the Northern Rivers today.

NSW RFS Northern Rivers Zone has reminded people there is a total fire ban across the region today.

"Any fire that starts will most likely not be controllable under these conditions," the RFS posted on its Facebook page.

"Temperature is expected to be around 35 degrees, very low humidity of around 7 per cent and winds to around 50km/h. Winds may be stronger in elevated areas.

"The Northern Rivers Fire Danger Index has not been forecast to be as high as it is (on Friday) at any time in at least the past 10 years.

"Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety - but only stay if you are physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.

Total Fire Bans are in place across northern NSW today and tomorrow.
Total Fire Bans are in place across northern NSW today and tomorrow. NSW RFS

"Remember, despite our best efforts, in a significant fire, do not expect that a fire truck can be at every home.

"Remember, if your home is not prepared and there is not a safe space for refuge and to defend it, you should not be there. Your safety and that of our firefighters is our number one priority.

"You should be considering now what you would do if there was a fire to occur.

"If you're home is not prepared, leave early in the day."

 

UPDATE, 3.30pm: AFTER a revised forecast from the Bureau Of Meteorology, seven Total Fire Bans will be in place for Friday September 6.

The bans are in place on the Far North Coast, North Coast, Greater Hunter and Central Ranges, North Western, Northern Slopes, and New England. 

An extreme fire danger rating is in place across six of regions and a severe fire danger rating is in place on the Far Norther Coast.

Hot, dry and very windy conditions are forecast.

 

UPDATE 2.54pm: A TOTAL Fire Ban has been declared for the Far North Coast, North Coast, Greater Hunter, New England, Northern Slopes, and North Western regions tomorrow, Friday 6 September 2019, due to forecast hot and windy conditions.

The Total Fire Ban, commencing at midnight tonight, covers the following councils:
 
Far North Coast (Severe)
- Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tweed
 
North Coast (Severe) - Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey, Nambucca, Mid-Coast
 
Greater Hunter (Severe)
- Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Upper Hunter
 
New England (Severe)
- Glen Innes Severn, Tenterfield, Uralla, Walcha, Armidale
 
Northern Slopes (Extreme)
- Gunnedah, Gwydir, Inverell, Liverpool Plains, Tamworth
 
North Western (Severe)
- Moree Plains, Narrabri, Walgett, Warrumbungle


The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) provides the following advice:

Under Extreme fire conditions:
  
Homes that are specially designed and constructed to withstand a bush fire, prepared to the highest level and actively defended may provide safety.
  
Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and know when you will leave, where you will go and how you will get there. Know what you will do if you cannot leave.
  
Leaving early in the day is your safest option.
  
Keep informed by listening to local radio, watching television news broadcasts and monitoring www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.


Under Severe and Very High fire conditions:
  
Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety during a fire.
  
Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and remain vigilant
  
Keep informed by listening to local radio, watching television news broadcasts and monitoring www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

 

Please note: The NSW RFS may issue a Harvest Safety Alert for areas of heightened risk. Harvest operators should monitor conditions and regularly check that they are operating within guidelines.

No fires may be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended during a Total Fire Ban. Gas and electric barbecues may be used provided certain conditions are met. Total Fire Ban rules and a map of current Total Fire Ban areas are listed at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au. 

Click the following link to find out more about Total Fire Ban restrictions.

Original story: CONDITIONS across northern NSW continue to deteriorate, with a severe fire danger rating forecast.

Areas west of Tabulam are currently under Total Fire Ban, with more areas expected to be declared tomorrow.

 

Total Fire bans are in place in northern NSW, including the New England fire zone.
Total Fire bans are in place in northern NSW, including the New England fire zone. NSW RFS

CURRENT FIRE WARNINGS

Total fire bans in place today for New England, Northern Slopes and North Western areas. Hot and windy conditions are expected throughout the day.

Land managers are urged to check all previous pile burns to make sure they are fully extinguished and don't reignite in this weather. If you see an unattended fire without a fire truck in attendance, contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Today:

Far North Coast (Fire area 1 includes Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed LGAs): High fire danger rating.

New England (Fire Area 11 includes Glen Innes Severn, Tenterfield, Uralla, Walcha and Armidale LGAs): Severe fire danger rating, a Total Fire Ban is in place.

North Coast (Fire area 2 includes Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey, Nambucca, and Mid-Coast): High fire danger rating is in place.

 

Updated forecast from Bureau Of Meteorology showing possible areas of severe and extreme fire danger in North East NSW tomorrow. Further total fire bans likely. Landholders should review their plans and know in the event of a fire when you will leave, what will you take and where will you go?
Updated forecast from Bureau Of Meteorology showing possible areas of severe and extreme fire danger in North East NSW tomorrow. Further total fire bans likely. Landholders should review their plans and know in the event of a fire when you will leave, what will you take and where will you go? NSW RFS

Updated forecast from Bureau Of Meteorology shows possible areas of severe and extreme fire danger in north east NSW tomorrow.

Further total fire bans likely.

NSW RFS advises landholders should review their plans and know in the event of a fire when you will leave, what will you take and where will you go?

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