Fires at Thompson Rd in the Richmond Valley on Saturday.
Fires at Thompson Rd in the Richmond Valley on Saturday. Mick Stain

FIRE CONTAINED: More hot weather to come

UPDATE Nov 27 9.15PM: TODAY the fire at Thompson Road, Bungawalbin was declared contained thanks to the hard work of all involved.

There is still a lot of mopping up and patrolling to occur for some time yet and this will be the focus for Forestry Corporation over the days and weeks to come.

There will still be some internal burning and smoke from that area over the next few days.

The Bungawalbyn Whiporie Road was also reopened to traffic today.

RFS spokesperson Boy Townsend wanted to acknolwedge the work  of all involved.

"A big thanks to all the firefighters and supporting personnel whom look after catering, logistics, communications, aviation and so on," he said.

"These events are no small task to manage by any means.

"Also a huge thanks to the community for sharing information and keeping each other informed."

Mr Boyd wanted that with a week of storms and temperatures ranging fro 34-39 degrees forecast for the next seven days, we cannot become complacent.

"Now is the time to prepare for this bush fire season," he said.

UPDATE Nov 26 9PM: UP TO 46 Fire fighters supported by 14 fire trucks and 2 bulldozers have continued to work on the fire today and have had another successful day in controlling the fire.

Crews from RFS, Forestry and NPWS have completed a significant back burning operation which has now resulted in the fire having a solid burnt line around it. Active fire remains burning within the control line and will do for several days.

The Bungawalbyn/ Whiporie Road was closed late last night by Richmond Valley Council due to the danger to traffic from several large trees which had fallen on the road.

Forestry and RFS crews worked today to clear the road however it still remains closed due to the ongoing danger to traffic from falling trees.

Road closures are between Elliott's Road intersection and Jackybulbin Creek along the Bungawalbyn/ Whiporie Road.

Forestry crews will be on the ground tonight patrolling the back burn completed today and mopping up any hot spots to ensure the fire stays behind the control lines.

RFS and Forestry crews will be back in the morning to continue with the extensive mop up program to ensure the chances of the fire breaking containment is reduced. This will continue for the next several days.

Council will be requested to review the road closure on Sunday morning with a view of confirming the safety to traffic before reopening the road.

Easing weather conditions for this evening and tomorrow will continue to support the fire operation.

Residents are reminded to remain vigilant and report any unattended fires to 000.

Photos are of the Brigades from the NSW Rural Fire Service conducting back burning today. Thanks to Mick Stain for the photos.

UPDATE 9PM: OVER 30 fire fighters working on the Thompson's Road fire have had a successful day thus far continuing back burning operations.

Weather yesterday saw back burning starting after 7pm last night as winds eased and progress was very slow to reduce the chance of spot fires.

Even well after midnight embers were posing problems.

Firefighters today continued back burning along Cliff Road in the North of Double Duke State Forest and Bungawalbyn Road in the South West of the fire with the support of a water bombing helicopter.

Firefighters will work through the night again continuing the back burning along Cliff Road and this will be very visible to residents around the area including New Italy and surrounding areas.

There is also fire and smoke visible near the Pacific Highway at Tabbimoble which is fire burning within containment lines and poses no issues to traffic.

If conditions are favourable overnight and through tomorrow (Saturday) it is hoped to see this fire contained in the next 24hrs.

The hard work will not stop there as firefighters will spend many days mopping up the perimeter followed by patrolling the area for weeks to come.

Regardless of where you live....please take the opportunity this weekend to take some basic steps to prepare your property.

UPDATE 6.00PM: The fire, which has been burning near Thompsons Road in the area between Bungawalbin and Tabbimoble for a number of days, is in challenging terrain with boggy marsh areas and difficult access.  

Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers Region Operations Manager Daniel Ainsworth said 30 crews were on scene today, attempting to contain the fire, which had burnt more than 364ha.  

They worked on putting containment lines around the bushfire, Inspector Ainsworth said.  

While the wind had died down a little, Insp Ainsworth said it was so dry, any wind today could potentially be a problem.  

A helicopter was also back helping with the firefighting mission.  

Crews had been brought in from NSW State Forests from out-of-area to assist RFS in battling two other significant fires in the Tooloom area - west of Woodenbong, and Demon Creek - south east of Tenterfield.  

At the the time of going to print, the Tooloom fire had burnt 354ha and was being controlled.  

The Demon Creek fire had burnt 5234ha and was also being controlled.  

Crews from Lismore have been called in to help fight fires over the weekend.  

Inspector Ainsworth stressed the importance of residents keeping up-to-date with the fire situation, which can be done through the website rfs.nsw.gov.au, apps such as Fires Near Me, and listening to the radio.  

There is a high fire danger warning in place - which means fire permits are restricted to essential activities such as burning diseased beasts or cane fields.  

UPDATE 11.50am: EXTRA crews have been called in from outside the Northern Rivers to help battle a bushfire in the Tabbimoble area.

The fire, which has been burning near Thompsons Road in the area between Bungawalbin and Tabbimoble for a number of days, is in challenging terrain with boggy marsh areas and difficult access.

Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers Region Operations Manager Daniel Ainsworth said 30 firefighters were on scene today attempting to contain the fire, which he said was a "little bit bigger" than 250ha.

Firefighters struggled yesterday as winds up to 50km/h fueled the flames, and as a consequence, no back burning was able to take place.

Today firies will be working on putting containment lines around the bushfire, Inspector Ainsworth said.

While the wind was not as much of a concern today, Insp Ainsworth said, as it was so dry, any wind today could potentially be a problem.

A helicopter is back today to help with the firefighting mission.

 

UPDATE 9am: FIREFIGHTERS continue to battle a fire at Tabbimoble in testing conditions.

Northern Rivers region operations manager Daniel Ainsworth said crews completed less than half of the planned back burning operations due to winds and extremely dry conditions hampering efforts.

He said back burning would continue if weather permitted.

Mr Ainsworth said crews tasked to protect homes near Bungawalbin Road. He said homes were not under direct fire threat, but strong winds created a threat from embers and smoke.

"We had trucks at houses to ensure they were safe, and to reassure them until winds died down," Mr Ainsworth said.

He said no property was under threat this morning, but they were monitoring conditions.

Mr Ainsworth said the conditions in the area were particularly dry, and the outlook continuing to be dry.

He said crews had been brought in by State Forest from out-of-area to assist RFS in battling two other significant fires in the Tooloom area - west of Woodenbong, and Demon Creek - south east of Tenterfield.

Crews from Lismore had been called in to help over the weekend. 

 

FRIDAY 6.15am: A BUSHFIRE on the Northern Rivers has continued to test local fire fighters.

A spokesperson for the Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers Region said conditions yesterday were very testing for firefighters with South Easterly winds gusting to around 50kph.

No back burning could be undertaken on the bushfire at Tabbimoble in those conditions and fire fighters with the assistance of two bulldozers, one helicopter and one fixed wing water bomber concentrated on suppressing the fire as much as possible, the spokesperson said late last night.

Fire progressed toward Bungawalbyn/Whiporie Road and this portion of the fire is planned to be contained today with back burning along Bungawalbyn Whiporie Road and Glenco Road.

The fire to the North was able to be held inside proposed containment lines with aerial suppression as back burning was not safe to be undertaken.

Back burning work by Forest Corporation was set to commence last night under favourable conditions, the spokesperson said.

This would mean residents in the area may have see a significant glow and fire on the elevated areas of Cliff Road in the Double Duke State Forest during the night, but residents were informed that they should not be concerned if this was observed.

The fire is set to generate significant smoke today as that work continues.

Firefighters will be working hard to contain this fire in the next 24-36 hours.

"Our thanks go to all firefighters working on this fire and the community whom has been communicating with each other to keep everyone up to date," the spokesperson said.

 

UPDATE 5pm: A BUSHFIRE south-west of Woodburn is burning out of control tonight.

The fire has burned 250ha, with firefighters battling to bring the fire back under control.

The fire has been burning near Thompsons Road in the area between Bungawalbin and Tabbimoble is in challenging terrain with boggy marsh areas and difficult access.

Northern Rivers region operations manager Daniel Ainsworth said Rural Fire Service crews managed to contain the fire today before the arrival of strong southerly winds that pushed the fire over control lines.

"Crews went back into a safer area and extra aircraft are working on the fire," he said.

Additional crews were called in to help, with teams from the Woodburn and Casino areas fighting the fire.

Backburning was planned overnight as winds died down, and residents warned they would experience increased smoke.

Mr Ainsworth said: "When residents wake up in the morning, they will see more smoke".

He also reminded people to keep up-to-date with the latest fire situation via the Fires Near Me app on your smartphone, on the RFS website, or the radio.

The Bureau of Meteorology is reporting a chance of rain in coming days but falls are not expected to be heavy.
 

UPDATE 9.10am: A BUSHFIRE south west of Woodburn is still burning as fire fighters continue to work to contain it.

Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers Region Operations Manager Daniel Ainsworth said 15 firefighters from the RFS, Forestry NSW and National Parks, had worked through the night back burning in order to contain the now 40ha fire.

A crew of 15-20 firefighters will continue attempts to contain the bushfire today.

Inspector Ainsworth said residents nearby would experience some smoke, and should stay alert and informed by checking the RFS website regularly.

 

THURSDAY 6am: FIRE fighters are still battling a bushfire in the Bungawalbyn area and today could be even more of a challenge.

Yesterday fire fighters worked hard to reduce the amount of fire in the landscape on the Thompson's Road fire, the Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers Zone said in a post on their Facebook page.

"The main area of focus remains the Glencoe and Lockleys Road area at Bungawalbyn," the post read.

"It is challenging terrain with boggy marsh areas and very difficult to access.

"Fire fighters from the NSW Rural Fire Service, Forests Corporation and the National Parks and Wildlife Service are continuing to work into the night.

"This fire is not contained at this time however it has not expanded beyond the proposed containment lines.

"Tomorrow (Thursday) will be a very challenging day with southerly winds forecast to possibly reach 50kph in the afternoon.

"Whilst there is no immediate danger to property tonight, people living in this area must remain vigilant tomorrow with the warm temperatures and strong winds forecast.

"If you have not already, install the 'Fires Near Me' app for you smartphone or check for any updates on the RFS website."



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