Rural Fire Service crews continue to battle fires across the Mid Coast area

An aerial view of a bush fire on the Thunderbolts Way near Bretti. Photo: NSW Rural Fire Service Mid Coast District Facebook.
An aerial view of a bush fire on the Thunderbolts Way near Bretti. Photo: NSW Rural Fire Service Mid Coast District Facebook.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) suspended fire permits across the Mid Coast area on Monday, September 9 as crews continue to battle bush fires.

Crews remain on the ground as eight fires are active in the district.

A fire at Kerriki Forest, Cooplacurripa has burnt more than 1700 hectares and is being controlled.

A bush fire on the Thunderbolts Way has burnt more than 1400 hectares and is being controlled.

This fire forced a road closure to traffic on Sunday September 8, six kilometres north of the Barnard River bridge at Giro. It was reopened after four hours.

The remaining six fires are under control.

Strong winds are forecast for the start of the working week, with conditions set to ease by Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters attached to National Parks and Wildlife Service, Forestry Corporation and RFS will continue to strengthen containment lines and extinguish fires with the assistance of water bombing aircraft.

An incident management team will operate from the fire control centre in Wauchope for the rest of the week.

It's certainly been a hectic start to spring.

On Friday, September 6, temperatures across the Mid Coast reached 32 degrees with winds in excess of 60 kilometres per hour.

While firefighters continued to battle blazes across the area, the fire danger rating was extreme with a total fire ban declared overnight.

The danger rating dropped to very high on Saturday, September 7 despite the decline in warm weather. Strong winds ensured the rating remained at that level.

Crews also attended to other bush fires, a motor vehicle accident, two structure fires and three police/ambulance/public assists.

Members of the public should review their bush fire survival plans and stay informed of the current conditions by visiting www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or the Fires Near Me app.

Meanwhile, Taree City State Emergency Service unit responded to four callouts on Friday, September 6.