Bungawalbin brigade captain Brian Fellows checks over his fire-fighting equipment while taking a well-earned break at the Yorklea bushfire brigade fire station yesterday.
Bungawalbin brigade captain Brian Fellows checks over his fire-fighting equipment while taking a well-earned break at the Yorklea bushfire brigade fire station yesterday. David Nielsen

Crews control Cabarita bushfire

TWEED firefighters have contained a bushfire west of Cabarita that has been burning since Saturday.

Rural Fire Service Superintendent David Cook said yesterday’s efforts were very successful.

“The back burning we put in on Wednesday night consolidated the containment lines and we’ve had no further break-outs,” Supt Cook said.

“The fire stayed behind the containment lines. It’s really good news.”

The RFS also conducted an infrared scan of the Tweed Shire from an aircraft at 25,000 feet.

“The scan indicates it’s still very, very hot because there’s still a lot of peat burning,” Supt Cook said. “We’re remaining vigilant.”

Supt Cook said the scan allowed them to identify hot spots that may pose threats.

“Anything that looked like breaking out was jumped on,” he said.

Well over 700 hectares, the majority in the Cudgen Nature Reserve, has been destroyed by the fire.

A separate fire has burnt almost 500 hectares on The Pinnacle, part of the Border Ranges.

“It’s still creeping around,” Supt Cook said.

“We managed to get some containment lines on it, but because of the steep embankment we can’t get to it.”

Supt Cook said water-bombing helicopters worked on the fire yesterday until the wind picked up.

“The flame height was not very large,” he said.

“We had one little spot over that the crews dealt with very quickly.”

Both fires are believed to have started from lightning strikes on Saturday night.

The RFS is monitoring these fires and staying alert for any more which may break out in the hot weather.



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