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FIRE DANGER: 'We aren't out of the woods' say firies

Aerial shots of the bushfire south of Evans Head.
Aerial shots of the bushfire south of Evans Head. Contributed

NOW is not the time to be complacent with fire safety with hot conditions reigniting the risk of fires across the Northern Rivers, Rural Fire Service operations officer, Inspector Dainel Ainsworth has cautioned.

While National Parks and Wildlife crews continue to monitor the 1000ha bushfire near Evans Head, Insp Ainswoth said a wary eye remains on the fire zone with back burning measures ready to be implemented if needed.

"We aren't out of the woods but we are better than what we were last week," Insp Ainwroth said.

The charred fire ground is now on patrol status thanks to 24mm of rainfall at the weekend.

Thermal imaging cameras are being used by NPWS to detect hotspots unseen to the naked eye.

The warm conditions accompanied by scattered rains resemble the first 'normal' summer patterns the region has experienced in about four years according to Insp Ainworth.

He warned the wet weather can be meaningless after a 3-4 day dry spell, which can heighten the fire danger into very high or severe levels.

Recent storms haven't been heavy enough to sufficiently moisten the region's very arid soils - which play a significant role in the spread of bushfires in recent times according to Insp Ainsworth.

He said dry soils enable fires to spread faster compared to damper grounds.

Insp Ainsworth said Evans Head and Ballina have the driest soils in the state at the moment.

Topics:  bushfire emergency services evans head national parks and wildlife service rfs weather



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