Heavy rains welcome, bushfire danger close
FIREFIGHTERS have welcomed heavy rains on the Coffs Coast but they know they can't afford to let their guard down.
They are also urging residents to be vigilant as the official bushfire danger period continues.
"We've had substantial rain which gives us a low bushfire danger, but if we have any substantial winds from the west or the north-west, they will dry things out very quickly," said Paul Norton, operations officer with the Rural Fire Service on the Mid North Coast.
"A week of westerlies could put us to back to a very high fire danger.
"The recent rain has increased the fuel moisture content, but it has also substantially increased the regrowth that can occur.
"It is likely there will be drying out over Christmas and January, which means that by January and February, we'll be into a full-blown fire season.
"People need to be vigilant, and they need to remember permits are still required for the lighting of fires in the Bellingen and Coffs Harbour local government areas."
Forests NSW and national parks crews are undertaking random patrols of areas burnt out by a massive blaze which claimed more than 3000 hectares of land north of Corindi.
The wildfire started on private property west of Red Rock on November 16 and was fanned by strong southerly winds.