The looming presence of the Andersons Creek fire is even more looming today as it burns approx 20 km west of Bellingen and was estimated to be around 10,846ha yesterday afternoon.
The fire is active in Darkwood, Horseshoe Rd and Langton's Rd areas and has now crossed the Blackwoods Rd. It continues to spread on all sides.
Crews from NPWS with the assistance of heavy plant are working on preparing Orama Rd as a containment line. Roses Creek Rd is being prepared by Forestry Corp in an attempt to hold the fire west of Kalang.
NSW RFS crews are working on property protection in Darkwood with additional crews patrolling in the Deervale area.
Very high fire danger is predicted today, which is forecast to be hot with temperatures in the mid to high 30s. There is the chance of a thunderstorm during later in the day with NW/NE winds between 15 to 25 km/h tending E/NE in the middle of the day then tending N/NE in the evening.
These conditions could see the fire behaviour increase and smoke/embers impact on local communities.
Communities of Darkwood, Thora, Kalang and Bellingen should be preparing for the threat of fire now.
Advice is to monitor conditions continually - leaving early is the safest option. Regular updates can be heard on local ABC Radio.
Residents are reminded that unauthorised lighting of fires (such as property owners doing their own backburning) is prohibited, as it can risk the safety of ground crews working in the area and put assets at further risk.
Heavy plant will be used to support the firefighting operation.