NSW Braces For More Fires With Some Areas In The Severe Zone Over The Weekend
At least one bushfire has jumped a containment line as NSW firefighters watch over nearly 150 blazes statewide.
The Interloop Trail fire in Port Stephens is subject to a watch-and-act alert after northwesterly winds helped it breach a containment line and move closer to an Air Force weapons range in Salt Ash.
Residents in Medowie and nearby townships are advised to monitor conditions.
Those near the Little L blaze near Singleton and North Black Range fire near Braidwood were given the same warning after winds gusts reached speeds of 70km/h in some parts.
Total fire bans are in place for greater Sydney, greater Hunter, central ranges and north western regions. That includes the Blue Mountains, Bathurst, Orange and Walgett.
Almost 150 fires were burning statewide mid-afternoon on Saturday, with 50 uncontrolled.
The Rural Fire Service has warned of "worsening conditions" over the coming week with one regional command telling residents that "now" is the time to talk to family about what to do when bushfire hits.
"Know what you will do before the fire threatens rather than trying to wing it at the time," the RFS's Northern Tablelands Team posted to Facebook.
Meanwhile, a portable radio repeater providing critical communications for fire crews in northern NSW has been so severely vandalised, it's out of action.
Six tyres, two axles, two jerry cans and radio equipment were stolen from the marked trailer near Nymboida.
"This will potentially endanger fire crews working to protect life and property," Northern Tablelands Team posted online on Saturday.
Grafton police are investigating.