Fire crews on high alert


FIREFIGHTERS are asking people to keep an eye out for unattended fires around the region as the dry weather continues to foster dangerous fire conditions.

There was a very high fire danger in place yesterday thanks to the low humidity and steady winds.

Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews were fighting a grass fire west of the range yesterday, about 10km east of Tabulam.

RFS Northern Rivers Superintendent Boyd Townsend said the main issue with the fire was it was burning through bushland and down towards the Bruxner Highway.

RFS volunteers conducted back-burning along the Bruxner Highway yesterday, causing minor delays for some motorists. The fire had burnt about 30 hectares yesterday but was not threatening any properties.

Supt Townsend said the ground was quite dry as the area had not had sufficient rainfall since Christmas.

"Things are starting to dry out in the bush," he said.

"It looks green but the dryness is hiding underneath. If we don't get rain in the next week that is really going to be an issue."

Supt Townsend said fire permit holders should not be conducting hazard reduction burns when the fire danger was very high.

"One of the conditions of the fire permits we grant to landowners is that the hazard-reduction burns are suspended if the danger is high or above," he explained.

"People need to keep an eye on what the weather is bringing in the next couple of days. If they see an unattended fire, they should call 000."

Fire conditions are forecasted to be similar today.

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