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Today is a day of Total Fire Ban on the North Coast. File photo
Today is a day of Total Fire Ban on the North Coast. File photo

The Rural Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for our region today, with the fire danger rating declared severe.

There are currently 22 fires burning between Coffs Harbour and the Queensland border.

Of continuing concern is a fire that has been burning at Upper Main Arm for a month. Although now under control it has burnt out more than 350 hectares of mostly forested land.

Arson suspected

Casino fire crews believe a blaze burning close to homes there may have been deliberately lit and are calling in police to investigate.

A fire on the edge of the Bruxner Highway at Mummulgum burned out more than 1,800 hectares before being brought under control.

A bushfire that started yesterday at Rappville has burned out more than 320 hectares and is yet to be brought under control.

Another blaze in the Richmond Valley has burned out 110 hectares at Busbys Flat.

Other fires burning in the region include another in the Kyogle area, which has burned out 30 hectares, and one at Wardell that is currently being brought under control.

NSW Forestry Corporation says it has placed 120 infra red cameras in state forests that have been hit with a number of blazes believed to be deliberately lit.

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