Fire bans declared in northern NSW

THE state’s north is bracing for dangerous fire conditions today.

This comes after two fires burned out of control further to the south yesterday. 

Crews battled to save homes at Llandilo, in Sydney's west, and Callala Bay, on the state's south coast.

A massive bushfire in Llandilo and Cranebrook burned ferociously for four hours, causing police officers to knock on doors and evacuate homes, two schools and a nursing home.

Eventually, 200 firefighters from the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW were able to get the blaze under control at 6pm.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged over the fire which destroyed at least one home and damaged other properties. 

At Callala Bay on the south coast a hazard reduction burn went horribly wrong.  Flames came within 100 metres of properties before the blaze was downgraded in the early evening.

Today it’s the state’s north bracing for hot and windy conditions with total fire bans in place in the Far North Coast Fire area (Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and the Tweed) and the North Coast Fire Area (Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Gloucester, Greater Taree, Great Lakes, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey, Nambucca).

In addition to the fire bans several regions have a ‘very high’ to ‘severe’ fire danger rating.  Winds up to 60km/h and temperatures in the mid-30s are expected.

For more information go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au