Several houses have been destroyed while more than a dozen forest fires are raging in New South Wales.
There are 14 emergency warnings in the state for fires that extend from just north of Forster to west of Tenterfield near the Queensland border.
Shocking photographs showed the flames dangerously close to houses near Taree and the streets of Grafton blurred in a thick red haze.
Several homes have been destroyed while more than a dozen wildfires rage over New South Wales (pictured bushfire near Taree on the mid-north coast of the state)
A mayor on the central north coast of the state said the forest fires that tore through the region & gruesome and gruesome beasts & # 39; goods.
Mayor of the Mid-Coast Council, David West, says he is tormented when residents brace themselves for volatile fire conditions near Taree.
& # 39; From my personal perspective, it's horrible, & # 39; he said to AAP on Friday afternoon.
& # 39; I have never felt a sense of fear that I am doing now, the fear of my community. & # 39;
West said a fire near Forster Thursday night threatened a council building.
& # 39; It was literally a wall of yellow, terrible, beastly, tormenting flames, & # 39; said the mayor.
& # 39; It was a terrible beast. & # 39;
There are 14 emergency warnings in the state for fires that extend from just north of Forster (bushfire near town) to west of Tenterfield near the Queensland border
The mayor – who lives in Brimbin – is particularly concerned about an uncontrolled fire near Hillville south of Taree.
The NSW Rural Fire Service says that fire has crossed the Pacific Highway and is spreading rapidly.
The highway is closed in both directions between Taree and Bulahdelah. The Pacific Highway is also closed in Port Macquarie between the Oxley Highway and Hastings River Drive.
Smoke from the fires that raged over the mid-north coast of New South Wales and as far as the Queensland border could be seen from space
& # 39; It (the Hillville fire) is moving towards the coast fairly quickly, & # 39; said Mr. West.
& # 39; The area where I live has not been burned for about 30 years. There is a huge amount of fuel. & # 39;
A number of schools are closed in the area due to forest fires.
A shocking photo showed the streets of Grafton clouded in a thick red haze while more than a dozen fires raged across the state
MidCoast Council deputy mayor Claire Pontin – who lives in nearby Hallidays Point – says the area & # 39; tinder dry & # 39; is.
& # 39; It's just crispy. In some places you can hear the leaves grinding under your feet. & # 39;
The worst fires are: Hillville, Crowdy Bay National Park, Tapin Tops National Park, Port Macquarie, Willi Willi, the Mistake State Forest in Nambucca and surroundings, Tyringham, Wandsworth, Carrai Creek, Chaelundi, Woodford, Stockyard Flat and Torrington.
A total of 89 forest fires are burning in the state. There are nine waiting and action alerts.
A mayor on the central north coast of the state said the forest fires that tore through the region & gruesome and gruesome beasts & # 39; were (photo from the aerial photo of a bushfire in Harrington near Port Macquarie)
RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said earlier on Friday that two houses were damaged or destroyed in the fire that burned in Stockyard Flat near Walcha, with assessors still to reach the site.
& # 39; It is a fleeting day and it remains a fleeting day & # 39 ;, Fitzsimmons told reporters in Sydney.
& # 39; We need vigilance and we need people who are decisive and ready to act in accordance with the directions of the authorities. & # 39;
A still image of an aerial photograph showed forest fires that flooded the highway north of Tuncurry, near the town of Forster
Fitzsimmons said the bushfire hazard is in the state & # 39; at the top of the & # 39; with five total fire bans for the New England region, far north coast, north coast, Greater Hunter and Northern Slopes.
Fitzsimmons said that forest and grass fires currently burn approximately 370,000 hectares of NSW land – more than the entire land area burned last year.
Fire brigade and rescue NSW commissioner Paul Baxter said that residents at risk must be ready to take action.
& # 39; Once a fire reaches an alarm level, we may not be able to help you anymore, & # 39 ;, Mr. Baxter told reporters.
& # 39; We do not have the resources to place in every area, so you must be prepared to survive yourself. & # 39;
The dust is expected to be blown over a large part of the northeast of the state on Friday, with the Central Coast and Newcastle areas most affected (fire at Harrington pictured)
The escalated fire risk comes after a man, in his fifty years, sustained serious burns to his legs and hands while trying to defend his country property in Yarrowitch, east of Walcha, on Thursday.
The dust is expected to be blown Friday in much of the northeastern state, with the Central Coast and Newcastle areas most affected.
The fire hazard should decrease over the weekend, although the threat levels were predicted to rise again next Tuesday or Wednesday, Fitzsimmons said.
Rose Barr, predictor of the Bureau of Meteorology, says there must be a short delay in the weather conditions of the fire, as the temperatures cool down at the weekend.
& # 39; (But) from Monday the conditions will get warm again and the temperatures will be considerably higher & # 39 ;, she told AAP.
Rising temperatures are expected to cause major burns by Tuesday in much of NSW.
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