Heatwave sees fire ban in force on Coffs Coast
THE NSW Rural Fire Service has suspended fire permits until further notice in the Coffs Harbour and Bellingen Local Government Areas due to high temperatures.
The December heatwave is set to continue on Monday with forecasts of a 32-degree day in Coffs Harbour.
A high fire danger has been placed on the coast with strong north easterly winds expected.
Tuesday and Wednesday are also forecast to see daytime maximums in the mid 30s before an 80% chance of between 10mm and 20mm of rain on Thursday.
NSW RFS Team Manager Superintendent Sean McArdle said the decision to suspend fire permits had been made in order to help keep the local community safe from bush and grass fires.
"In warm, dry and windy conditions fires can start quickly and spread rapidly. As there is little to no rain forecast in the coming weeks, the potential is there for dangerous fire weather to eventuate," Superintendent McArdle said.
"While fire permits are suspended, we encourage residents to undertake other activities to protect their property from fire, such as clearing leaves from their gutters and removing flammable materials from around their homes."
Superintendent McArdle said the NSWRFS appreciates the cooperation of residents on days of heightened fire danger.