Fire forces closure of Minyon Loop walking track
INCREASING fire danger around Minyon Falls has prompted the National Parks and Wildlife Service to close the Minyon Loop walking track, although the falls' lookout, picnic area and campsite remain open.
A 150-hectare bushfire is burning behind containment lines in the Nightcap National Park in the area of the falls and the Parks and Wildlife Service is concerned changes in the weather over the next few days could intensify the blaze.
"The NPWS is concerned for the safety of park visitor's during this period of severe bushfire risk and request that members of the public observe the walking track closure and associated signage", Richmond River Acting Area Manager, Lisa Wellman said.
"Although the fire is contained, small sections are still smouldering which may increase over the next few days.
"NPWS may undertake further fire operations and associated control to manage fire activity in this area.
"For public safety signs are in place regarding the closure of the track and penalties apply for entering the closed area."
More broadly, the Northern Rivers is today on a "high" fire danger rating - the third-lowest rating available.
The ratings system refers to the risk presented by fires, not the risk of a fire starting.
The Minyon Falls fire is one of only two currently burning on the between Grafton and the Queensland border, the second being a grass fire at Coaldale which was being brought under control last night.
Ms Wellman said National Parks and Wildlife would review the closure of the Minyon Loop track later in the week with the hope or reopening it in time for the long weekend.