A Rural Fire Service volunteer watches over burning bushland. A number of escaped fires have rural firefighters hot under the collar.
A Rural Fire Service volunteer watches over burning bushland. A number of escaped fires have rural firefighters hot under the collar. JoJo Newby

Lightning sparks several Northern Rivers fires

LIGHTNING strikes that peppered the Northern Rivers on Monday night ignited several fires around the region according to the Rural Fire Service.

Superintendent Michael Brett said RFS crews were kept busy on Tuesday chasing smoke sightings around the region.

"The lightning storm came through and just peppered the countryside with strikes and in the right conditions the fire smoulders and can be spread by the wind later in the day," he said.

"We currently have crews working at Camira Creek, which is out near Whiporie, on a fire down there of about eight hectares that caught alight yesterday morning."

"They were there until late last night and were back there early this morning."

Another fire in plantation forest north of Whiporie was brought under control yesterday when a bulldozer excavated containment lines around the blaze.

Supt Brett said a fire near Coraki at Bora Ridge yesterday afternoon that burned almost four hectares of scrub was threatening Box Ridge mission and Coraki hospital until it was brought under control.

He said today the RFS had been concentrating resources on a 10 hectare fire in the Double Duke State Forest, south of Woodburn.

"We are currently working with state forests to get some containment lines in with a machine so we can undertake some fairly significant back burning this afternoon and into the evening."

No properties were damaged in any of the fires.

Supt Brett said the bush around the Northern Rivers was extremely dry, due to a lack of January rain, and ready to burn.

He advised anyone who spots smoke or a fire to call triple-0.
 



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