It was a busy weekend for RFS crews across the shire with some grass fires getting away from residents burning off before the start of the Bush Fire Danger Period tomorrow, September 1.
Crews were also out at the Providence Rd fire, which has been burning since last week and has now taken out 555 hectares of bush.
"The southern end is out but the northern edge is burning along ridges and licking down to the Kalang Rd at some points," Mid North Coast RFS District Services Coordinator, Rachael Eggins, said.
"Crews are patrolling and we are planning a back burn in the coming days to give us a clean edge along the road.
"Weather conditions are favourable for that at the moment."
Bush Fire Danger Period starting:
From tomorrow, Tuesday, anyone wishing to light a fire during the Bush Fire Danger Period must obtain a fire permit from their local brigade or Fire Control Centre.
Superintendent Sean McArdle said with the warmer and drier conditions becoming more conducive to the spread of fire, people need to be extremely careful when using fire.
"Permits ensure that fire is used safely, reducing the danger to landholders, their property and the community," Supt McArdle said.
"While hazard reductions are an important part of preparations, landholders need to be extremely careful as warmer conditions mean fire can spread quickly and suddenly.
"Never leave a fire unattended and, if a fire does escape, make sure you call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that emergency services can respond and minimise the damage."
Supt McArdle urged homeowners to prepare for the upcoming fire season.
"Firefighters have been busy undertaking hazard reductions in the lead up to the bush fire season and it is equally as important that residents play their part by preparing their property, which includes removing flammable materials from yards, clearing leaves from gutters and checking hose lengths.
"It is also important to make or update your Bush Fire Survival Plan and have a conversation with your family to ensure everyone knows what they will do and where they will go in the event that they are threatened by a bush fire."
To check the Fire Danger Ratings for your area or to download a Bush Fire Survival Plan, go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or contact your local Fire Control Centre.