Remain vigilant: RFS advice as fire weather returns

The Rural Fire Service is asking residents to remain vigilant as the fire danger rises this week.

With hot temperatures and northerly winds a feature of the forecast particularly for Thursday, Mid Lachlan Valley District Officer Cameron Bird says everyone should take precautions.

Those living near forested areas are asked to be on alert.

"If you are fortunate enough to have crop to harvest in these dry times, please pay particular attention to weather conditions and consider stopping if outside the harvesting guidelines," Mr Bird said.

"This is especially important if you live near forested areas or national parks.

"Whilst we do have a lower fire danger rating for grass fires we do have a severe fire danger for forested areas."

Residents are also asked to alert the RFS if they see any evidence of fire started by lightning, with a chance of storms over the next few days.

Fires don't always start on the day of the storm, Mr Bird warned, they can smolder and then ignite a few days later when conditions deteriorate.

As of 3pm Tuesday, 56 bush and grass fires were burning across NSW with 25 yet to be contained.

Nearly 1,500 firefighters are continuing to work on containment of these fires in hot and windy conditions.

RFS volunteers are being supported by firefighters and specialists from across Australia and NZ.

Among them, our Mid Lachlan Valley Team (MLVT) RFS staff and volunteers continue to support firefighting efforts in northern NSW.

Volunteers and appliances from across the Central West have maintained a presence in the north for over two months now, and a number of staff have also been deployed.

In addition to firefighting efforts, local volunteers have this week gone to Kempsey to work in radio communications.

The local RFS Chaplain Andrew Hunt recently travelled to Glen Innes to support RFS members and members of the communities who have been devastated by the horrendous fires.

Many people have lost everything including homes, livestock and property.

Mr Bird has just completed another five day shift at Glen Innes, where devastating fires have claimed lives and burned out thousands of hectares.

He was working in the aviation section, flying over the fires conducting reconnaissance and mapping.

"The main thing I have taken out of recent deployments is the sheer scale of the fires," Mr Bird said on his return to Forbes.

"The size of the fires is just unbelievable with huge amounts of bushland and many communities impacted."

RFS app Fires Near Me shows the number of fires ablaze in NSW.

RFS app Fires Near Me shows the number of fires ablaze in NSW.

While conditions eased from last week's catastrophic fire danger, which saw a State-wide State of Emergency declared, crews have continued to work hard to contain the blazes before the weather deteriorates again.

"It doesn't take much, because there is already that much fire in the landscape," Mr Bird said.

Mid Lachlan Valley Team staff members Angus Nielsen, Beth Slender, Jock Corcoran have also undertaken shifts on the northern firegrounds, working in roles such as response team coordination and operations.

Acting Manager of Mid Lachlan Valley Team, Inspector Robyn Favelle, praised the efforts of the local volunteers and staff, and acknowledged the ongoing support from other local fire and emergency services personnel, including National Parks, Forestry Corporation, Fire & Rescue NSW, SES and LLS.

Local government representatives from Forbes, Parkes, Weddin and Lachlan councils have also been quick to offer assistance and support to the RFS and this has been very much appreciated.

Typically the northern fire season would start to ease now as the rains followed the hot weather.

As that hasn't happened, the Mid Lachlan Valley Team's commitment to support firefighting efforts will be ongoing and they ask for vigilance and quick reporting of any unattended fires in this region.