'Consider your fire plan': residents told to be prepared
UPDATE 12.15pm: RESIDENTS at Ellangowan have been urged to consider their plan of action as a bushfire continues to burn in their area.
Northern Rivers Rural Fire Service Inspector Daniel Ainsworth said about 50 firefighters comprising RFS crews assisted by Fire and Rescue NSW, were currently at the fire burning near Coraki-Ellangowan Rd.
Insp Ainsworth said about 20 homes were currently being protected.
"Anyone who lives on Coraki-Ellangowan Rd, now is the time to activate their Bush Fire Survival Plan," he said.
The fire was downgraded from Watch and Act to Advice status overnight.
But it's since been upgraded once more.
Under Watch and Act, residents should consult their existing plan, or decide whether they intent to leave their property or stay and protect it if the need arises.
No forced evacuations have occurred.
"We haven't asked anyone to leave," he said.
"There have been no evacuations."
For updated fire information visit rfs.nsw.gov.au.
UPDATE 11.52am: A BUSHFIRE burning south of Casino has been upgraded once again.
The NSW Rural Fire Service issued an update to the fire burning along Coraki-Ellangowan Rd Ellangowan a short time ago.
The fire is burning in a south-easterly direction in the Bungawalbin State Conservation Area and has flared up with the onset of warm and windy conditions.
The RFS has upgraded the fire back to Watch and Act status.
Residents have been urged to monitor conditions in their area and consult their Bush Fire Survival Plan.
If your life is at risk, call Triple 0 immediately.
UPDATE 11.25am: THERE are currently 12 fires burning across the Northern Rivers.
The NSW Rural Fire Service this morning confirmed a total of 79 bush and grass fires across the state, 36 of which were uncontained.
The majority of fires on the Northern Rivers are in the Richmond Valley, mostly in the Ellangowan area.
This includes an out-of-control bushfire which has been burning in the Coraki-Ellangowan Rd area at Ellangowan, south of Casino.
That fire was upgraded to Watc
h and Act status yesterday afternoon, but has returned to Advice level overnight.
A number of isolated rural properties have been experiencing fire around them in that area and firefighters have been working to establish containment lines.
Some isolated properties may come under threat today due to strong winds.
Mothersoles Rd/Coraki-Ellangowan Rd, Ellangowan: out-of-control bushfire (134 ha)
Ellangowan and Wrenchs Rd, Ellangowan: bush fire, being controlled (317 ha)
Summerland Way, Ellangowan: under-control grass fire
Rappville: under-control bush fire (11 ha)
Main Camp Rd, West Bungawalbin: under-control bush fire (86 ha)
Fullers Rd, Kippenduff: under-control bush fire (1565 ha)
Bentley Rd, Bentley. 4 ha under control
Bruxner Hwy, Tabulam: out-of control grass fire (2 ha)
Bruxner Hwy, Sandilands: under-control grass fire (5 ha)
Sextonville rd, Woolners Arm: bush fire, under control (15 ha)
Byron St, Lennox Head: vehicle/equipment fire, under control
Blue Knob, 23 ha. still smouldering
UPDATE 9.49am: A GRASS fire surrounded sheds when the wind picked up at Coraki yesterday.
Lismore Fire and Rescue leading firefighter Adam Cormick said they were called to assist Coraki firefighters in Purves St about 12.20pm.
"About 5 acres of grass and bush caught alight and burnt in and around a few sheds," Mr Cormick said.
"Coraki FRNSW was there initially and they were working on the grass fire then it started to get closer to the buildings.
"They managed to prevent any damage to the buildings.
"Initially, it seemed like it was away from the buildings and then the wind started to pick up and brought it close in and around a few sheds."
He said they remained at the scene until about 3.30pm.
Original story: A BUSHFIRE at Ellangowan is threatening some properties, with nearby landowners urged to implement their bushfire survival plans.
The Rural Fire Service has this morning issued the following advice in regards to the Mothersoles Rd fire:
"The fire is currently out of control. Fire is burning in the area of Coraki-Ellangowan Road and impacting isolated rural properties in the area.
"Firefighters have worked to establish containment lines around this fire.
"Some isolated properties may come under threat, however residents should follow advice from firefighters on the ground.
"Monitor conditions in your area.
"Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.
"Leaving early is your safest option."
Residents have been advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their life is under threat.
Up-to-date information is available from www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or by phoning 1800 679 737.
Meanwhile, a grass fire near the Bruxner Highway at Tabulam is causing some havoc for drivers, with smoke reducing visibility.
Drivers have been warned to reduce their speed and travel carefully in the area.
Traffic is affected in both directions.