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Valley braces as fire threat soars

Division Commander Forests NSW David Blair and Rural Fire Service's Matt Inwood in Candole State Forest.
Division Commander Forests NSW David Blair and Rural Fire Service's Matt Inwood in Candole State Forest. Adam Hourigan

IT WAS a day for Rural Fire Service volunteers to reduce the fire risk yesterday as they mainly carried out back burning.

Crews worked across the Valley to reinforce containment lines before a further round of dry, hot, northerly winds predicted for today and tomorrow.

Technical weather forecaster from the Bureau of Meteorology, Alison Skimm, said the outlook for today and tomorrow was mostly sunny.

Temperatures in the high 20s were expected today and then 31 degrees was the forecast for tomorrow.

The real concern was the dry, northerly winds of 15-25kmh expected to blister the Valley over the two days.

RFS called in a helicopter to drop incendiaries on bushland to speed up backburning ahead of what is predicted to be a tough couple days.

RFS spokesman Matt Inwood said people should take particular care and, if they saw a fire, contact the RFS immediately to help lower response times.

Topics:  blaze, bushfire, environment, rural fire service, weather


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