Lightning likely cause of bushfire

FIREFIGHTERS believe the blaze west of Mullumbimby that forced families to flee their homes and razed hundreds of hectares of bushland could have been started by lightning.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) is still investigating the cause of the fire, which began late on Monday, August 24. But preliminary findings suggest it was not suspicious.

“I believe it may have been a lightning strike,” RFS inspector Bob Wilcox said.

“We still haven't determined the exact cause of it yet.

“At this stage it doesn't look suspicious.”

The lives of residents along Koonyum Range Road have slowly begun to return to normal.

“We all feel very fortunate that it wasn't any worse,” Piari Leibo said.

Ms Leibo took her two children and evacuated the area on the night the fire started.

However, once the kids were out of harm's way, she and her husband returned to their home and bed-and-breakfast business, prepared to protect it from fire if necessary.

“It's nice to see how everybody pulls together,” she said.

“And what a great job all the firefighters and all the neighbours and community did.

“Everybody looks after each other.”



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