Rubbish fire burning near Ballina airport
UPDATE 5.20pm: A BALLINA Shire Council excavator has been called in to help assist the management of a fire burning at the Ballina tip.
Council staff originally notified Fire and Rescue NSW of the rubbish fuelled blaze just before 4pm this afternoon.
The excavator is helping to spread burning compacted rubbish in a bid to get the blaze under control.
Two Fire and Rescue NSW crews continue to work with aviation emergency crews from the Ballina airport to manage the fire.
A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said the cause of the fire was still unknown.
INITIAL REPORT: FIRE fighters are tackling a large rubbish fire at the Ballina Waste Management Facility on Southern Cross Drive.
Two Fire and Rescue NSW trucks arrived at the tip about 4pm and were assisted by aviation fire fighters stationed at the nearby Ballina Byron Gateway Airport.
A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said the fire was 20m by 80m across.
The aviation fire fighting crew had needed to return to their base nearby to collect more equipment to help fight the blaze.
It is an ongoing situation and motorists are advised to avoid the area.