Fire at Wardell.
Fire at Wardell. Susanna Freymark

WATCH & ACT: Wardell fire warning upgraded


The Rural Fire Service has issued an emergency warning about the fire situation, saying lives are at risk. Read the full warning here.

Stay up to date with our rolling coverage.

The Pacific Highway is expected to be closed at Wardell at any moment and traffic is affected in both directions.


UPDATE, 1.50pm: THE Wardell Rd bushfire is still listed out of control and is still at a Watch & Act advice level.

Rural Fire Service are battling more than 92 fires across NSW.

This includes a structure fire on Kyogle Rd, Dum Dum, which was reported around 1.10pm today.

It is understood crews are on their way to the incident which is between Uki and Murwillumbah.

The RFS has also reported that a smoke plume which crews were investigating earlier at Newton Dr, Nimbin, has been confirmed as a bushfire.

According to Fires Near Me, the bushfire is currently out of control and has burned at least 1ha so far.

Just before 1.30pm today Fire & Rescue NSW reported they were responding to a bushfire on the Woodburn Coraki Rd at Coraki.


UPDATE 12.44pm: RESIDENTS IN Wardell are advised that the bushfire around 1335 Wardell Rd, has been upgraded to Watch and Act.

The Rural Fire Service said the bushfire which is currently listed as being out of control has burned more than 529ha.

More to come.


Original story: FIVE Rural Fire Service Brigades are responding to several smoke sightings in the Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area north of Lismore.

RFS Northern Zone Superintendent Michael Brett said crews have been assembled and are investigating the precise locations of the smoke sources.

Fire on Terania Creek Road, Terania Creek.
Fire on Terania Creek Road, Terania Creek. Kerrianne Cawley

"There are three smoke sightings been rung in," he said.

Supt Brett said the sightings are thought to be around Newtown Drive in Nimbin, 241 Terania Creek Rd, The Channon and at Nightcap Range Rd, Dunoon.

"We don't yet know where the fires are yet," he said.

"We are getting in some air support, a helicopter to have a look at the fire now."

These smoke reports come as the region experiences a day of Total Fire Ban with dangerous hot and windy conditions which continue to create havoc for firefighters.

If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

For information on road closures, check

Roads may be closed without warning.

More to come.

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