ON ALERT: Local Rural Fire Service crews will be keeping a close eye on the weather with a high of 37 degrees predicted today.
ON ALERT: Local Rural Fire Service crews will be keeping a close eye on the weather with a high of 37 degrees predicted today. Adam Hourigan

Fire warnings as temperatures, winds increase

THE Clarence Valley fire danger rating moved to very high today as fires on the Clarence Valley's western and northern boundary broke out.

Ulmarra Rural Fire Service superintendent Stuart Watts said from early indications there could be more very high days on the fire danger rating and even move to severe.

"A total fire ban will come into affect if the day is forecasted to be severe," superintendent Watts said.

"So until rains and hot windy weather stops, people have to expect fire bans.

"Earlier indication says it will be hot and dry for today with a late change."

He said there were some fires around the Clarence Valley, and the NSW RFS, State Forests and National Parks and Wildlife Service were working hard to contain to limit their potential damage.

"There is more of a concern with fires burning on our northern and western boundaries," he said.

"The Clarence Valley district has been dealing with a number of fires and clinically containing these fires.

"However, there is still some warm weather so there is no guarantee they will stay controlled until rain comes through and conditions change."

He said landholders and individuals needed to be vigilant and report fires to 000.

People need to have a bushfire survival plan which can be found at the RFS website, rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Weatherzone meteorologist Guy Dixon said a low pressure trough today would be responsible for temperatures peaking at 37 degrees and increasing the fire risk. Mr Dixon said there would be hot winds which would exacerbate the problem.

He said there would be scattered, isolated showers throughout the week.



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