25.1 C
Byron Shire
January 28, 2021

Total fire ban: stay safe today

Latest News

It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

Other News

Two charged with assault in separate incidents

A man and a woman have been charged with assault after separate violent incidents last week, one in Byron Bay and one in Mullumbimby.

Kerry O’Brien reverses decision to accept AO

‘With regret, I have decided to reverse my decision to accept my appointment as an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia’.

Why Pat Morton?

Ballina's Cr Jeff Johnson is raising a motion to re-name culturally significant local sites at today's council meeting.

Rail trail debate

Geoff Meers, Suffolk Park It was good to read David Lisle’s comprehensive and reasoned discussion of the history of the...

Cr Darlene Cook: more to Lismore City Council than roads, rates and rubbish

In the first of a series about those who are putting their hats in the ring to be the next mayor of Lismore, Cr Darlene Cook talks about the issues close to her heart, for the city at the heart of the Northern Rivers.

Hand-picked beans make the best brew for Bangalow Coffee

Story & photo Melissa Butters Andy and Michelle have been serving up great coffee at farmers markets for 18 years....

surf-life-saving-NSWThe Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting temperatures to reach up to 37 degrees in Sydney and most regional centres across the state. BOM has also issues a Severe Fire Danger warning for the far north coast.

Surf Life Saving NSW is warning beachgoers to swim at patrolled locations today as record October temperatures are predicted the length of the coastline.

While the surf is forecast to be quite small, Surf Life Saving NSW lifesaving manager, Andy Kent, warns that swimmers should still be mindful of hazards such as rip currents.

‘We are expecting an influx of people flocking to the beach on Thursday due to the high temperatures and beachgoers need to remain vigilant and swim at patrolled locations where possible.

‘Sometimes people can be caught unaware when the surf is smaller but there are still hazards on our beaches and swimming in between the red and yellow flags is the best way to ensure a safe trip to the beach,’ said Mr Kent.

‘With the high temperatures forecast it’s going to feel like the middle of summer out there, meaning beachgoers should stay hydrated and reapply sunscreen every two hours, and try to avoid the sun through the middle of the day.’

Paid lifeguards are currently on patrol across the metro beaches in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong as well as at a number of regional centres such as Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Port Stephens and Salt.

Check beachsafe.org.au for details of which beaches are patrolled in your local area.

RFS-LogoThe NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has confirmed parts of the state will experience extreme fire danger today.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said hot, dry and windy conditions are forecast, and there is the potential for some locations to reach Catastrophic if the weather deteriorates beyond what is forecast.

Total fire bans will be in force in the following 15 areas, including the far north coast from midnight Wednesday to midnight Thursday.

‘These are dangerous conditions, and it’s critical that you understand the risk and make your final preparations now – do not leave it until the last minute,’ said Commissioner Fitzsimmons.

‘Under these conditions, any fire that starts and takes hold will spread quickly and may threaten homes and lives without warning.

‘It is not too late to make a bush fire survival plan. If you live in or near a bushland area, sit down now with your family and ensure everyone knows what they will do if there is a fire.

‘The NSW RFS is liaising closely with the Bureau of Meteorology to monitor conditions.’

Extreme is the second highest level of bush fire danger rating.

If there is a fire that takes hold under these conditions, it may not be safe to stay in any home that is not specially designed or modified for bush fires. The safest option is to leave early.

Today is the day to be extra vigilant at the beach and in the bush.

SLSNSW Surf Safety Messages:

  • always swim at a patrolled beach, between the red and yellow flags
  • if you require assistance, stay calm, float and raise your arm to attract attention
  • observe safety signs
  • boaties should check their local forecast, seek advice from NSW Maritime and always wear a lifejacket
  • visit Beachsafe for information on patrolled beaches/times
  • if witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero (000) – Police
  • never enter the water if you have been drinking alcohol or are under the influence of drugs
  • slip, slop, slap
  • seek shade and keep hydrated.

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Rail trail debate

Geoff Meers, Suffolk Park It was good to read David Lisle’s comprehensive and reasoned discussion of the history of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor....

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day on 26 January. The day...

A window of trust

Baden Offord, Ocean Shores Wholeheartedly agree with Dave Rastovich’s spot-on letter regarding the value and benefit of The Echo, that it is a ‘trusted window’ (Letters,...

Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul of the growing tsunami of...
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -