SOARING temperatures and strong, hot, northerly winds could create a bushfire emergency tomorrow, firefighters have warned.
A total fire ban is expected to be called for much of the North Coast this afternoon after what has been a challenging week for local fire crews.
Seventy-two firefighters have spent an exhausting five days working to contain a 1800-hectare fire near Glenreagh, which yesterday continued to burn near Morrows Rd.
The 16 fire trucks on the scene have been assisted by seven water-bombing aircraft, RFS Media said.
"The wind over the weekend really killed off our containment efforts around Glenreagh," RFS Superintendent Paul Norton said.
He said that as wearied firefighters returned from the firefront on Sunday, they came across several illegal burn-offs and pile burns on nearby properties.
"A lot of outbreaks already this fire season have come from private burns and since the run of total fire bans came into place a lot of warning letters have been sent to offending property owners before fines," he said.
"Despite the media coverage of the fires burning around the state, some property owners lighting fires are telling us they did not know a total fire ban was in place, so once again we urge the public that under no circumstances should they light a fire."
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