Total fire ban for Tweed
A TOTAL fire ban was imposed on the Tweed Shire and much of NSW yesterday as hot and windy conditions took hold across the state.
It was the first total fire ban of the season for the Tweed and came only hours after local firefighters returned home from attending blazes on the Gold Coast.
Tweed Rural Fire Service superintendent Dave Cook said six units had been sent north to fight fires on the Gold Coast from Friday to Tuesday.
"They concentrated mostly on property protection and containment lines. The areas they were working in were steep," he said.
"The work is not over. About 140 RFS firefighters are in Woodburn at the moment fighting a section 44 blaze down there."
Superintendent Cook said the total fire ban had been imposed because of the week's very extreme fire danger and dangerous conditions.
He said there were no major fires burning in the Tweed because the area had been well protected in the past few months.
"We are lucky because we restricted fire permits to prevent ignition and the firefighters have been on alert for a while.
"However, there is a peate fire smouldering near the Tweed and Byron shires border that we are keeping a close eye on.
Superintendent Cook said total fire bans had occurred at this time of year in the past and work well as a precautionary measure.
NSW RFS commissioner Phil Koperberg imposed the fire ban in light of Bureau of Meteorology forecasts that predict the high 30s in Sydney again today.
The fire ban runs to the south coast, southern and central ranges, central west plains, southern slopes and the northern Riverina.