The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has announced that today is a day of Total Fire Ban (TOBAN).
The TOBAN will be in place for the Ballina, Byron and Tweed Shires for Thursday, November 7 with the entire area predicted to reach Very High Fire Danger in the early afternoon.
This TOBAN is also likely to extend into Friday, November 8
Neighbouring areas including the Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Lismore and Clarence Valley Shires, are also included in this Total Fire Ban. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) have also imposed a local fire ban for the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Local Government Areas.
A TOBAN means no fires out in the open, including campfires, private pile burns or solid fuel heaters or cookers. General-purpose hot works (such as welding, grinding or gas cutting or any activity that produces a spark or flame) are also not to be done in the open.
For further information, members of the public are encouraged to visit the NSW RFS website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au