UPDATED: Winds may fan fires to our west

ArcGIS map Monday 11.15am
ArcGIS map Monday 11.15am

Monday 3pm UPDATE

The Andersons Creek fire is now over 350 hectares and it is expected to move in an easterly direction towards Bishops Creek.

Current weather conditions are preventing the use of aircraft and remote area firefighters.

Strong gusty winds combined with low humidity could create a fast moving fire, with potential for long range spotting.

If you live in the areas of Bishops Creek, Darkwood or Thora you should take this time to prepare your property for bushfire if you have not already done so.

Earlier

The Andersons Creek fire, which is burning in a remote area of New England National Park 22km west of Bellingen, has now grown to 337 hectares.

The latest RFS Mid North Coast bulletin, issued Sunday afternoon, said this fire was being controlled using water bucketing from helicopters and was remaining within identified control lines.

On Sunday, NPWS officers walked into the lower reaches of nearby Woods Creek to improve control lines and heavy plant was also working to strengthen fallback containment options.

However, the RFS added that under forecast weather conditions, the fire is expected to move in a south easterly direction towards the upper reaches of the Bellinger River at Brinerville.

The Guyra Rd Ebor fire burning in Cathedral Rock National Park is now 22,819 hectares and listed as under control.

The rain that fell on Bellingen during storms on Friday afternoon and Saturday evening largely missed the firegrounds to our west.

Westerly winds are expected over the next few days, combined with higher temperatures and lower humidity, conditions which may stress containment lines and push fires in our direction.

People are urged to continue monitoring local conditions.