Rain dampens bushfire battle

STORMS have once again dampened firies' plans to extinguish a 1000ha fire near Evans Head.

Rural Fire Service operations officer, Inspector Daniel Ainsworth told The Northern Star back burning was planned for today however the sodden fire ground was too wet to go ahead as planned.

Insp Ainsowth said the rain in recent days hasn't been enough to expunge the blaze.

For the rain to fully put out the bushfire, he said it would take a downpour the equivalent of another East Coast Low.

Today, the National Parks and Wildlife Service continued their patrols around the charred coastal heath drenching hotspots of Peat soil and other stray flaming sections of scrub.

Crews also finalised fall-back lines in preparation for the upcoming back burning effort, which has been rescheduled to next Wednesday.

Containment lines will also be burnt through the southern section of the bushfire next week.

Insp Ainsworth credited the 20-30 volunteer firies and crew who have dedicated their time to battling the blaze.



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