Despite the smoke currently enveloping Forster Tuncurry and surrounding areas, Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews are confident of containing the bushfire burning at Minimbah over the coming days.
The bushfire is believed to have begun on Friday evening and has since burnt 2200 hectares of private property and national park at the Minimbah Nature Reserve.
No properties have been lost in the blaze.
RFS superintendent Cam Baker said the cause of the fire and the exact location where it started was under investigation.
He said the fire was at its worst on Saturday, but thanks to the efforts of RFS crews from around the Mid North Coast and two water-bombing aircraft, they have slowly been working towards containing the blaze.
Properties along Woodland Road and Minimbah Road have been secured and Mr Baker advised there was no direct threat to properties.
"Things will improve when the weather comes into our favour and we can implement our containment strategies," he said.
"We hope in the next day or two to have the fire contained."
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He said the abundance of smoke in the area was due to an inversion layer in the atmosphere which was keeping it trapped close to the ground, but believed it would disperse as the wind picked up.
He advised anyone with respiratory issues to seek medical advice if they were being affected by the smoke.
He also said this latest fire highlighted how important it was for people to have a bushfire survival plan.
Residents are advised to consult the Fires Near Me app or the RFS website to stay up to date with the latest bushfire warnings in their area.
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