Rural Fire Service bans fires in Walcha until Monday

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has suspended fire permits until Monday, August 21, when a review of the coming weather conditions will occur. 

The suspension applies to the Armidale Regional, Uralla and Walcha local government areas. 

Dangerous fire weather conditions are prevalent this week with a Very High Fire Danger Rating.

On Wednesday temperatures were 10 degrees above average with wind speeds of 40-55km per hour, gusting up to 80km per hour.

Any landholders with an existing fire permit are advised not to light given the weather conditions.Fires will spread quickly under these conditions. 

The NSW Rural Fire Service wishes to remind people to never leave a fire unattended and if a fire does escape, it is essential to call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that emergency services can respond straight away. To check the Fire Danger Ratings for this area please visit