Lennox fire downgraded but still out of control
Friday 8.40pm: THE fire that flared up this afternoon on The Coast Road, north of Lennox Head causing a Watch and Act level of action, has been downgraded to Advice.
A Rural Fire spokesperson told ABC radio that property had come close to danger earlier in the afternoon.
The Advice level was changed just before 8pm this evening, however, the status of the fire is still out of control.
Friday 6.40pm: DOZENS of onlookers are parked along The Coast Road watching as smoke from a large bushfire bellows from the scrub.
The Coast Road is back burned along half of the length of it from Lennox Head as firies battle the blaze.
Two helicopters are working from the air to extinguish the fire.
Ballina Shire Council workers are ushering traffic through the road in both directions.
Many onlookers are watching the blaze burn from afar at the Pat Morton Lookout at Lennox Head.
Friday 5.20pm: RESIDENTS are reporting a helicopter collecting water from Lake Ainsworth to help fight the fire.
The Bushfire Watch website are reporting a heightened level of threat at the Ross Lane location and advise residents to be aware of changing conditions.
Friday 4.39pm: A WATCH and Act alert has now been issued for the bushfire along The Coast Road, north of Lennox Head.
It has jumped containment lines as the wind has picked up.
Areas affected are in the Ross Lane, Cooper's Close and Fig Tree Hill vicinity.
Homes are not threatened at this stage.
Crews from all over the North Coast are in attendance.
There are 10 Rural Fire Service crews on the scene and five Fire and Rescue crews.
Closures are in place at Ross Lane so motorists should avoid the area.