25 extra firefighters coming to help battle bushfire
UPDATE, 10.15am: BACKUP resources from Sydney will arrive today to assist firefighters on the Northern Rivers.
Fire crews will today work to contain a large fire burning in the vicinity of Mothersoles Rd and Coraki-Ellangowan Rd at Ellangowan.
Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers Superintendent Michael Brett said the fire, south of Casino, had been contained somewhat overnight.
"Today's plan is to consolidate the work we've been doing on the Mothersole Rd fire," he said.
"Overnight we've had good results with the fire."
He said more challenging conditions were on the way over the weekend, so today will be vital to get an advantage on the fire.
"We've got some bad weather predicted tomorrow which is going to hamper fire operations again so we're working today purely to consolidate the work that we've done and just get some good containment around the fire," he said.
25 extra people are expected to arrive from Sydney today, ready to be on the fireground tomorrow.
The Northern Rivers has been declared a Section 44 zone, and additional fire investigators are expected to be sent into the region.
Original story: A BUSHFIRE at Ellangowan, near Casino, is back on advice level after a tough night on the fireground.
This morning the Rural Fire Service has put the fire at advice level, and says it is "currently out of control".
"The fire is burning in the area of Coraki-Ellangowan Road," the RFS explains on its website.
"The fire is burning in a south-easterly direction in the Bungawalbin State Conservation Area.
"Conditions have eased across the fireground overnight reducing to minimal fire activity this morning.
"Firefighters worked with landholders throughout the night as the fire approached properties.
"Firefighters will spend today establishing containment lines around the fire."
Nearby residents have been advised to monitor conditions, check and follow their bushfire survival plans and leave early.
- If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
- Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
- If you live in the area but are away from home, it may not be safe to return to your property.
- For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.
Residents in Lismore have also woken to a smoky sky.
There are bushfires burning at Tullera, Bentley and Blue Knob, as well as the two fires at Ellangowan.