Fire encroaching on northern NSW village

Firefighters are battling to protect the northern NSW coastal township of Brooms Head from a fire that broke out today.

Crisis warnings have been issued for it and another bushfire at Gurranang, north of Grafton.

Both broke out in the afternoon and spread rapidly due to strong winds, prompting the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to issue the emergency warnings about 7pm (AEDT).

The emergency warnings were later reduced to "Watch and Act'' alerts as the wind eased, but authorities were still anxious about the Brooms Head blaze.

RFS spokesman Ben Shepherd said that fire, firstly whipped up by 60 to 70 km/h winds, was now approaching the coastal village by late evening.

Earlier, the Red Cliff camp ground between Brooms Head and Lake Arragan was abandon, after the fire jumped containment lines at Sandon Rd.

The RFS has urged inhabitants to activate their bushfire safety plans, and either relocate or make arrangements to defend their properties.

"We are doing property defense around those areas - Hibiscus Rd and Bottle Brush Road - that will continue over the next few hours,'' Mr Shepherd said.

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