Burn offs causing grass fires, keeping crews busy

SMOKE from bush and grassfires coupled with high temperatures in the mid to low 30s are timely reminders that the fire season has begun.

Both Rural Fire Service (RFS) and National Parks and Wildlife have been monitoring several bush and grass fires that have popped up across the Northern Rivers region.

The region, along with most of the state, today has a low-moderate fire danger rating with several of yesterday's fires now extinguished and new ones blazing around the region.

RFS Northern Rivers zone manager Superintendent Michael Brett said the fires were small outbreaks that had resulted from people burning off.

"(Thanks to) a quick response from brigades, we were able to keep them small," he said.

"We'll just monitor them for a few days to make sure, with the weather conditions, they stay behind containment lines and not become major fires."

Supt Brett said a cool southerly change expected to kick in Wednesday evening would help to drop temperatures.

"We're hoping for a bit of respite," he said.

"Obviously this weather we've had in the last few days is a timely reminder that we are now in the fire season.

"People wishing to burn need to ensure that they are taking every possible precaution to keep their fires contained."

An under-control bush fire is burning near the Bruxner Hwy at Sandy Hill near Drake.

Further west, another bush fire, also under control, is burning near Sawyers Gully Rd at Woodside west of Tenterfield.

Residents near Thompsons Rd in the Clarence Valley north of Yamba are likely to see smoke from an under-control bush fire being handled by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

In Tweed, National Parks and Wildlife is also responding to a bush fire on Cooradilla Rd at Burringbar, inland from Pottsville.

Near the Border Ranges National Park, Rural Fire Service are handling a grass fire at Gradys Creek at The Risk.

A grass fire is also burning at Lindesay St, Woodenbong, north of Urbenville.

THE WEATHER AHEAD

Today: Cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers. Winds south to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h becoming southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures in the low to mid 20s.

Friday: Cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and early afternoon. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light before dawn then becoming east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day. Overnight temperatures falling to around 15 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the morning. Winds east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 13 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Light winds becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to around 12 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.

Source: Bureau of Meteorology



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