Firefighters urge caution after a day of local blazes

THE NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) and Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre are conducting research in to recent fire conditions and are encouraging residents across NSW to take part.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the research will focus on community preparedness and actions taken during the fire conditions across January, February and March this year.

"Earlier this year, we experienced the worst ever fire weather conditions in NSW, with large parts of the state affected by forecast Catastrophic fire danger and several areas being impacted by significant fires," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

"This research will help the NSW RFS and other fire services across the country better understand the community's perception of the bush fire risk and how people prepare for it.

"The survey is looking at how people received information and warnings during the fires, to see if there are ways of improving the way we get information to communities."

Researchers from the University of Wollongong are particularly interested in hearing from people who were in fire affected areas, as well as residents who experienced the Catastrophic fire danger during February.

The survey follows face-to-face interviews with researchers and people in bush fire affected areas earlier this year.
"It's important that we look closely at these events, and particularly how the community responded, to learn and improve," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

"This research will help all agencies better understand people's actions and ensure lessons are continued to be learned."

Click here for the online survey .


FRIDAY 4PM: RURAL Fire Service, National Parks and Wildlife and NSW Forestry firefighters are this afternoon working to contain several fires burning across the Coffs Coast. 

Strong winds are fanning several bush and grass fires.

The fire fronts include: 

  • A bushfire north of Corindi off the Barcoongere Way that is being controlled by RFS units across 168 hectares of bush.
  • A 500 hectare bushfire off Bellbucca Road being controlled by Bellingen RFS units.
  • A small two hectare grass fire off Atherton Dr Urunga that has been brought under control. 
  • A five hectare grass fire off Bennett's Road west of Coffs Harbour that was controlled by the NSW Forestry Corporation and a 52-hectare fire near Bennett's Rd the Rural Fire Service is controlling.




 1.30pm: RURAL Fire Service crews are fighting one out of control fire after controlling another west of Coffs.

A 5ha grass fire is burning out of control while crews have controlled the 52ha fire on Bennetts Rd.

There are seven fires burning from Coridindi down to Nambucca. 

For the latest visit the RFS Fires Near Me website


ORIGINAL 12.45pm: MULTIPLE fire tankers have been tasked to Bennett's Rd, west of Coffs Harbour, where a large grass fire has broken out.

It is understood firefighters are working to prevent the spread of flames across private property.

The Rural Fire Service said so far the fire has burnt out 52 hectares.

The flames are being fanned by 35kmh south westerly winds.

More details to follow.

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