IF the smell of smoke caught your attention this morning there is nothing to worry about - the smoke wafted over Casino and Lismore from back burning conducted late yesterday on a fire in the Mount Neville Nature Reserve.
Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers Operations Manager Inspector Daniel Ainsworth said the fire in rough terrain west of Whiporie was started three weeks ago by a lightning strike.
When the fire first started, Insp Ainsworth said it was mapped from the air and covered an area of about 100 hectares.
"The fire has been put out by rain three times over the past three weeks but due to the remote country it is in it has reignited," he said.
When he was flying back to Lismore last night after a deployment to Tasmania, Insp Ainsworth said he noticed back burning being done on the fire, with the smoke wafting toward Lismore and Casino.
Permits are still required to conducted private burning operations until the end of March, Insp Ainsworth said.
To obtain a permit contact your local Rural Fire Service brigade or the Northern Rivers RFS Headquarters on 6663 0000.