Bushfire alert

By CRAIG McTEAR

WHILE we've been enjoying the warm autumn weather, some in our community aren't so im-pressed.

Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews are praying for rain to ease the dry conditions and the bushfire threat.

"We've had a very dry autumn. There was a little bit of rain early on, but it's done nothing," RFS manager for the Mid North Coast Warwick Roche said.

"Certainly we need more rain, otherwise we're looking at it being a fairly dry winter, which doesn't augur well.

"The only reason we're not in drought is because of that early rain, but that is all gone now.

"We're getting overnight dews, but that moisture isn't getting down to where it's needed most.

"Areas out there are still very dry, and can still carry a fire."

Arsonists lit a series of blazes which burnt for most of Sunday night in mountainous country above the Kalang Valley.

And Bucca State Forest was the scene of controlled burns by Forests NSW crews earlier this week.

While Coffs Coast residents don't need permits for burnoffs at this time of year, Mr Roche has urged caution.

"You must notify your neighbours at least 24 hours before you intend to burn off, and you are supposed to notify the RFS as well," he said. "We need to know where these fires are.

"And when we do get rain, we need motorists to be careful on the roads. Car accidents are the last thing we want to go to."

n RFS Commissioner Phil Koperberg will open the refurbishments to the Mylestom Fire Station at noon on Saturday. The headquarters has been expanded from a single bay to a double-bay facility.

Mr Koperberg will also hand over new tankers to the RFS during his visit.



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