Fire threatened homes at Tweed

SIX helicopters were yesterday water-bombing a large bushfire on the Tweed Coast that threatened a number of homes.

Almost all residents at Tanglewood, west of Cabarita Beach, voluntarily evacuated as the flames reached within metres of their homes.

Fortunately, no houses were destroyed by the fire which late yesterday remained uncontained, Rural Fire Service public liaison officer Stuart O’Keefe said.

“The (house) threat has certainly reduced, but there’s always that risk until this fire is completely contained,” Mr O’Keefe said.

“Residents need to remain vigilant for the next couple of days until the weather changes.”

Mr O’Keefe said six water-bombing helicopters, which drop about 500 litres of water at a time, were operating yesterday.

“They’re trying to cool down hot spots that may potentially be outside the containment lines or outside the fire front,” he said.

“They back up the fire crews and try to lessen the impact.”

Mr O’Keefe said there had been no formal evacuation of houses.

“What we ask people to do is voluntarily relocate. This is always the best and safest option,” he said.

The fire, which is burning in the Cudgen Nature Reserve and Kings Forest, and another on The Pinnacle, part of the Border Rangers, are believed to have started from lightning strikes on Saturday night.

Clothiers Creek Road, from Cabarita Beach almost to the Pacific Highway, was closed on Monday and remained blocked to through traffic late yesterday.



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