Firefighters are working on fires around the Hastings area, some of which appear to have been started deliberately.

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There are a number of fires around the Hastings, all at advice level.

Rural fighters are dealing with a bush fire across six hectares at Jimmys Road in Herons Creek which is being controlled.

The Rural Fire Service is tackling a small bush fire, described as out of control at Old King Creek Road at King Creek near Wauchope.

Rural firefighters have a bush fire under control across 1623 hectares west of Comboyne.

It broke out on Sunday September 24, destroying a house, some sheds and a lot of fencing and pasture land. 

Rural firefighters have a fire under control across 218 hectares at Kerewong State Forest and Blackbutt Road.

Rural firefighters are controlling a bush fire north of Pappinbarra across 142 hectares at Skink Trail in Hastings Forest Way.

Rural firefighters are controlling a bush fire which was reported at 256 Hacks Ferry Road north of Port Macquarie across one hectare.

There’s a small bush fire under control in Jaspers Creek at Yarras.

A bush fire emergency declaration remains in place for a number of large fires burning across the Mid Coast.

With conditions and the prospect of a small amount of rain falling across fire grounds over the coming days, fire fighters supported by aircraft and heavy plant are working hard to establish containment lines around the Belbora Creek Fire west of Taree, and the Skink Trail Fire, north-west of Pappinbarra.

Over the weekend local fire fighters alongside out of area strike teams have had some success bringing the Mount George Fire, north of Mount George under control.

The Innes View Road fire west of Comboyne is also being controlled, with fire fighters confident of achieving containment over the coming days.

On Sunday September 24 the Innes View Road fire destroyed a number of isolated rural properties on Colling Road.

Crews will continue to patrol these fires and smoke may be visible in the area.

Fire fighters are frustrated that over the weekend, a number of suspicious fires occurred that are currently under investigation by the police.

These include a fire on Lighthouse Road, Crowdy Head on Saturday night, as well as multiple ignitions in the vicinity of Kings Creek and Herons Creek and Burrawan State Forest on Sunday night.

Superintendent Kam Baker is appealing to the community to be vigilant, “with such dry conditions across the Mid Coast any fires have the potential to threaten life and property.”

“We’re asking people to keep their eyes out for arson and report all suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000”

Fire Danger Ratings for the Mid Coast have dropped back to Low-Moderate, however the landscape remains very dry with permits remaining suspended. Superintendent Baker explained,

“We would be needing approximately 100-120mm of rain just to get us back to where we normally are at this time of year, so while any rain this week will help, it’s not going to eliminate the risk.

That’s why permits remain suspended until further notice”.

Permits in the Mid Coast & Port Macquarie Hastings Local Government Areas have been suspended until further notice. 

Updates on fires across the Mid Coast are available on the Fires Near Me app (Android & IOS from the App Store) via www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or by calling call 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737) or go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me