NSW RFS fire update for the Mid North Coast and Port Macquarie-Hastings region

Burnt bushland at Tallong Drive, Lake Cathie.
Burnt bushland at Tallong Drive, Lake Cathie.

Recent rain has assisted the fire fighting effort across the Mid North Coast district leaving nine fires remaining.

NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) district officer Stuart Robb said the fires are now listed as patrol status after 30-150mm of rain fell across the region over the weekend.

Fire permits will remain suspended and will be reviewed after the Australia Day long weekend.

During the peak of the fires in November, Mr Robb said sadly there was a single fatality.

He said 150 homes, nine facilities and 303 outbuildings were destroyed. Meanwhile 68 homes, 16 facilities and 139 outbuildings were damaged.

Thanks to the efforts of firefighters, 2325 homes, facilities and outbuildings in the path of fires were saved.

Between November 7 and 14 there were over 500 fire fighters and 200 fire trucks from NSW RFS, FRNSW, Forestry Corporation and NPWS on the fire ground.

Over 20 aircraft and 125 heavy plant machinery supported the firefighting operations.

There were 26 emergency warnings issued to communities across the Mid North Coast from November 8 to November 14.

According to the NSW RFS, over the past six months there have been 58 fires over five hectares in size. These fires have burnt a total of 420,000 hectares of bushland.

"This represents over 30 per cent of the total local government area," Mr Robb said.

Firefighters from New Zealand, Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, ACT and Canada have supported the firefighting across the Mid Coast District.

The Lindfield Park blaze was the first fire to start in the district on July 18.

"There have been significant challenges with this fire, as it is burning in a saline wetland and peat," Mr Robb said.

"A strategy was implemented in August to rehydrate the wetland. The process is ongoing and to date we have pumped over 42 mega litres into the wetland to extinguish the peat fire."