Nightmare Conditions As NSW Firefighters Fear Wind Change
Firefighters across NSW prepare for the 'difficult' conditions caused by strong winds, as they fight out of control blazes burning across the state.
The fire has burned more than 7300 hectares in the Yuraygir National Park and Shark Creek area, and there are concerns a southerly change due early on Tuesday could push the fire towards Yamba on the coast.
The fire was affecting the southern side of Angourie and Wooloweyah villages on Monday night, the RFS said in an update to residents.
But weather conditions on the coast will create 'difficult' conditions for the firefighters as the week progresses, said Ben Shepherd from the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Wind gusts of up to 80 kilometres per hour are expected to hit the Shark Creek fire on the NSW north coast.
"These southerly winds are expected to be maintained all day, averaging around 50 kilometres per hour," Shepherd told 10 daily.
The strong winds won't drop off until about 5pm, but even then they will stay around the 30 kilometres per hour mark.
Further inland, variable winds of up to 30 kilometres per hour will also cause problems for firefighters battling blazes near Armidale.
The Bees Nest fire has razed more than 65,000 hectares, twice the size of the Sydney city council area and is likely to take weeks to contain, RFS said in a tweet.
While the winds will drop off further into the week, the Bureau of Meteorology told 10 daily temperatures are expected to rise and rain is not expected.
About 400 firefighters have been deployed to blazes since the weekend, and that number will more than double across the state on Tuesday, Shepherd said.
Since last week, nine homes have been lost while 220 have been saved, NSWRFS confirmed.
Eight were destroyed in the Long Gully Road fire near Drake and one was lost during the Mount McKenzie Road fire in Tenterfield.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a high fire danger rating for several regions on Tuesday including the Far North Coast, North Coast, New England, Central Ranges and Greater Hunter, while the risk will be very high in the Northern Slopes region.