Coffs Coast Advocate photographer Bruce Thomas captured the setting sun, blazing through the smoke and dust haze.
Coffs Coast Advocate photographer Bruce Thomas captured the setting sun, blazing through the smoke and dust haze. Bruce Thomas

Special start to a long summer

A SMOKE and dust-hazed skyline has given rise to spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

As wind gusts of up to 50kmh hit parts of the Mid North Coast late yesterday, the sun was shrouded in haze on the horizon.

The unusually dry and windy start to spring has also led to high fire danger.

To keep on top of overgrown grass and scrubland, the result of a wet start to the year, firefighters have seized the opportunity to reduce fire hazards.

The NSW Rural Fire Service says fuel loads have built up to the highest point seen across NSW in some 30 to 40 years.

An RFS spokesman said crews spent the day trying to contain bushfires burning in the Blue Mountains, Katoomba, Campbelltown and another in the Howes Valley, 60km south of Singleton.

On the Mid North Coast 20 minor fires were monitored including hazard reduction burns and a handful of private property burns,which escaped containment lines.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service also monitored a 400-hectare hazard reduction at McGraths Hump in the Dorrigo National Park.

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said the Coffs Coast had its first 32°C day on Sunday.

The mercury rose to 29°C in Coffs Harbour yesterday at 2.30pm.

Temperatures are forecast to climb into the mid 20s today and tomorrow, before another hot one on Friday making way for a warm weekend.



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