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NEW FIREPOWER FOR THE RFS

If you’ve ever experienced a bushfire, you’ll know just how quickly communities can be transformed into disaster zones. But now the RFS has some firepower of its own – two ex-military Black Hawk helicopters, called up for a different kind of fight.

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CLOSE CALL FOR SAN REMO RESIDENTS

There was a close call for residents on the Central Coast today, as a fast-moving grass fire threatened homes at San Remo. Around 30 people were evacuated just after 2:30pm, as fire crews scrambled to contain the two-hectare blaze. Thankfully, the fire was brought under control within an hour. No one was injured, but thick smoke blanketed the area, well into the afternoon. (VISION ONLY)

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RFS KEEPING CLOSE EYE ON FIRES

The RFS is monitoring dozens of bushfires across the Mid North Coast. A large blaze has burned through more than 1400 hectares of coastal swamp at Clybucca, north-east of Kempsey, with fears it could threaten homes. While further south, an out-of-control fire sent smoke into the sky next to the Pacific Highway at Cooperabung. Close to 30 fires are currently burning between Forster and Grafton.

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EARLY START TO BUSHFIRE SEASON

The Port Macquarie-Hastings and Mid Coast council areas will begin their bushfire danger periods a month early, due to the extreme dry conditions. It means from September 1, anyone wanting to light a fire on their property will require a permit. The RFS is urging residents to get prepared, and make sure they have a bushfire survival plan.

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RFS WARNS AGAINST HAZARD REDUCTION BURNS

While this week’s unseasonably hot weather is great for some, it’s a danger for others. The Rural Fire Service have now set the Fire Danger Ratings to very high. They’ll be taking a break from Hazard Reduction Burns over the next few days. They’re asking Coffs Harbour and Bellingen Shire residents to do the same. “We’ve still got a couple of weeks to go to get the burns, but if they can hold off until Friday and get over this little hot spell we should be ok.” The R-F-S have been required to attend more than a dozen hazard reduction burns where landowners lost control over the past month alone.   (VISION AND TALENT)

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SHED AND CARS DESTROYED IN GRASS FIRE

Up to nine cars and two trailers were destroyed in a grass fire at Pampoolah, west of Taree this afternoon. The blaze spread from a drum of burning rubbish, which had been left unattended on the Malcolms Road property. A storage shed was burnt to the ground, along with the cars inside – some of them, believed to be classics. The fire burnt through two hectares of grass, before RFS crews managed to control it.

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