Services battle suspicious fire at Nightcap National Park

RURAL Fire Service NSW and National Parks and Wildlife Service were battling a fire raging at Nightcap National Park yesterday, which started in suspicious circumstances.

NPWS area manager John Fisher said the roughly 150ha fire, west of Byron Bay, started on Sunday and continued to burn on Minyon Falls Rd.

Yesterday, Mr Fisher said it was not related in any way to a hazard reduction burn, but a result of "deliberate ignition", with reports to police by people in the park.

He said the service had eight crew and four firefighting units at the "fairly inaccessible" blaze, with the fire service also contributing three units.

"The Minyon Falls area of the national park is now closed and there is no access to Minyon Falls or Minyon Grass Picnic Areas," he said.

"There is also no access for bushwalking, horse riding or mountain biking in this section.

"Rummery Park Camping Area, within Whian Whian State Conservation Area remains open, however visitors need to access the camping area through Nightcap Range Road."

Mr Fisher said crews were working tirelessly to bring the blaze, burning in dry sclerophyll forest, under control.

"While there is currently no access to the Minyon Falls section of Nightcap National Park, the Terania Creek and Mount Nardi sections remain open," he said.

Firefighting will continue today and areas of the park will likely be closed until the weekend.



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