Extreme fire conditions to return
FIREFIGHTERS are expecting high to extreme fire danger tomorrow on the North Coast as they mop up after a week of intense bushfires and record-breaking temperatures.
The Rural Fire Service (RFS) was last night hoping to finally contain the fire west of Mullumbimby which has been burning through steep terrain since Monday night, prompting families to leave their homes and a huge commitment of firefighting resources.
RFS Far North Coast manager David Cook said yesterday the fire had burned through more than 350 hectares of bush land.
“We're still containing the south east sector,” he said. “We're back burning out there now. We're expecting to have containment by 6pm this afternoon (Thursday).”
Mr Cook said there were 28 firefighters, nine tankers, one helicopter and two bulldozers working on that blaze alone and no properties had been lost.
On Wednesday night there was also a fire at Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head and call-outs to a fire at Uralba and another at Alstonville.
A further three fires burning near Kyogle were still alight yesterday, but not threatening any properties.
“They're still burning, but they're not threatening any property and they're just working on them with minimal crews,” Mr Cook said.
But Saturday could bring dangerous conditions, with temperatures expected to pass 30 degrees.
“Saturday is a bad fire weather day. We're expecting very high to extreme fire danger.”
Sunday could bring much-desired showers.
“On Sunday there's a slight possibility of showers, mainly to the south of us, but we're hoping that we do get a little sprinkling of rain.”
The official fire danger period begins on September 1.