THE North Coast is bracing itself for 'extreme' fire weather on Thursday with a hot and windy day forecast.
The NSW Rural Fire Service has totally banned the lighting of fires for Thursday in many districts around the state including the North Coast and Far North Coast.
A forecast maximum temperature on Thursday of 37 degrees for Coffs Harbour and 36 for Grafton has put fire fighters on alert with a very high fire danger rating attributed to the region.
The RFS is urging the public to prepare and be vigilant ahead of what is expected to be the worst bush fire conditions of the season.
NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons warned the hot, dry winds and high temperatures will provide ideal conditions for bush fires.
"Maximum temperatures are forecast to be up to 10 degrees warmer than average for October, reaching 40 degrees in some areas. Strong winds, with gusts at more than 70km/h are expected," Mr Fitzsimmons said.
"These conditions mean there is potential for the rapid spread of fire."