Coast firefighters lend a hand at northern blaze

By CRAIG McTEAR

OUR local firefighters are doing their bit to help their colleagues further north.

An RFS taskforce comprising 10 personnel and five vehicles from Coffs Harbour and the Nambucca district was dispatched early yesterday to Bundjalung National Park near Evans Head, where a fierce fire has been raging.

"Crews are doing a lot of work up there to contain it," RFS community safety officer on the Mid North Coast, Inspector Ron Collingridge, said.

"It was declared a fire emergency late on Tuesday."

While no bushfires were burning on the Coffs Coast yesterday, the thick smoke which covered Coffs Harbour for most of the day blew in from blazes at the bottom end of the Clarence Valley and from west of the dividing range.

A total fire ban was in place for much of NSW, including the Mid North Coast, until midnight last night because of the predicted nasty conditions.

"Today is a typical extreme fire day," Mr Collingridge said.

"We've got high temperatures, low humidity, and strong north-west winds."

Coffs Harbour can expect cooler conditions today and tomorrow following yesterday's 32.6 degrees maximum, but temperatures are expected to climb again on Saturday.

In other news, Coffs Harbour firefighters had their work cut out for them on Tuesday night.

The brigade were called out to a fire in a pile of logs near Macauleys Headland before a Toormina resident had left food cooking on the stove.



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