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

Firies to fight 500-hectare bushfire with fire

BACK burning is expected to start tomorrow in the northern boundaries of a 500ha bushfire south of Evans Head.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service area manager, John Fisher, said crews will go ahead as planned with burns tomorrow to secure the upper section of the blaze perimeter.

Westerly winds pushed an area of the blaze outside the containment areas, threatening the fire's expansion yesterday afternoon.

Helicopters swiftly drenched the stray fire preventing any further spread.

Last night's 1.2mm of rain on the fire ground didn't make much of a dint in extinguishing the area, according to Mr Fisher.

Crews will again take advantage of winds in the coming days in an effort to burn out the fire along the coastal heath.

Southerly winds blowing into the region on Thursday will assist crews in back burning "hard boundaries" the southern section of the blaze.

Weather pending, Mr Fisher said back burning in the south should commence on Friday, Saturday or Monday.



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