Alert Issued as Fires Spread Across New South Wales


Summary: Total fire bans are in effect for multiple regions in New South Wales as hot, dry, and windy conditions contribute to the spread of about 40 bushfires. The fire risk is rated extreme in several areas, including Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter. Of particular concern is the Watch and Act status of a fire near Kyogle in the state’s north. Authorities warn that the conditions are expected to worsen and urge residents to make evacuation plans. Another fire near Byron Bay adds to the list of ongoing fires in the region.

Total fire bans have been implemented in eight regions in New South Wales due to the prevailing hot, dry, and windy conditions, which are fueling the spread of approximately 40 bushfires across the state. The fire risk has been classified as extreme in several areas, including Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, Far North Coast, North Western, Northern Slopes, and New England.

One of the major concerns is a fire near Kyogle, located in the state’s north. This fire has been elevated to Watch and Act status, indicating heightened danger. According to Daniel Ainsworth, the Rural Fire Service district manager for the region, the fire is currently burning over an area of more than 30 hectares at Upper Horseshoe Creek. Ainsworth warns residents to prepare and develop evacuation plans, as the conditions this afternoon are expected to worsen. He states, ‘We will allocate significant resources to combat the fire, but given the forecasted conditions, it is going to be quite dangerous.’

Around 40 fires are currently active across New South Wales, with 15 of them still not contained. Despite progress made over the weekend, the strong winds today pose a significant challenge in maintaining control of the fires, warns RFS inspector Ben Sheppard. Meanwhile, the Wallangara grassfire near Ashford has already burned through more than 4,000 hectares, prompting the closure of Wallangara and Limestone roads due to hazardous fire conditions. Residents are advised to remain vigilant and stay updated on the situation.

In addition to the multiple fires in the state, authorities are also working to control a fire near Byron Bay on the Far North Coast. The fire originated on Saturday afternoon and is currently in the coastal heath area. Local residents, including those of the North Byron Hotel and Sunrise Beach, have been alerted to the situation. Kate Noller, who operates a nearby riding school, mentioned that 40 horses have been successfully evacuated to a different location. The fire is currently listed as being controlled but remains under close observation.

Tags: New South Wales, fire bans, bushfires, fire risk, evacuation plans, Kyogle, Rural Fire Service, Wallangara fire, Byron Bay, coastal heath