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Warning to prepare for bad bushfire weather

Monday January 7, 2013 - 08:52 EDT

Campers and bushwalkers on the mid north coast are being advised to keep a close eye on bushfire conditions this week.

The Rural Fire Service says the fire weather conditions could deteriorate from tomorrow.

RFS spokesman Ben Shepherd said over the weekend there were a number of fires in the region, with the worst near Forster

He said it is under control but the weather pattern that created problem in the south of Australia has moved north.

"We are starting to see temperatures rise but it's the introduction now of those westerly winds which may be quite strong in some areas, gusts upwards of potentially 50 kilometres an hour," he said.

"That coupled with how dry it is out there at the moment is pushing fire dangers up.

"So we want the public to be aware of the fire danger in their area.

"If you are visiting the area please check the RFS website for any total fire bans that may be in place."

Inspector Shepherd says despite slightly cooler and more humid conditions yesterday firefighters battled to control bushfires in the region.

On Friday evening a fire threatened homes around the village of Green Point and along the Lakes Way, near Forster.

He said says there are still a handful of other bushfires on the mid north coast, and fire weather is forecast to worsen tomorrow.

"We have still seen some high fire dangers in the area and that is expected to deteriorate over coming days," he said.

"So what we're asking the public is to be vigilant and be prepared because there is a possibility we may see fire dangers even tip into severe and that may result in total fire bans."


- ABC

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