Firies brace for winds as battle against blazes continues
A FORECAST of windy weather by Thursday has prompted the Rural Fire Services to pump plenty of resources into containing the 27 fires burning in the Clarence Valley.
Public liaison officer for the RFS incident management team Brett Loughlin said milder conditions had allowed firefighters to bring fires into a controlled status.
"Tuesday's forecast of a maximum temperature of 22 degrees, humidity of 35% with a 10% chance of 5mm of rain is a lot like this afternoon," Mr Loughlin said yesterday.
He said the RFS had 150 firefighters, 11 aircraft and several bulldozers in action containing the fires.
He said the dry conditions were the main problems facing the firefighters.
"It's well cured and easy to burn," he said.
The Bureau of Meteorology has most of the north east corner of the state rated as having a "low-moderate" fire risk, although the Mid-North Coast is rated as having a "high risk".
The fire danger rating points to the level of danger a bushfire could cause once lit rather than the likelihood of one taking hold.