FIRE UPDATE: Latest information on Clarence fires
(Scroll down to see information about other fires in the Clarence Valley region)
MYALL CREEK FIRE (10.45am)
Although conditions are benign this morning, RFS public liaison officer Paul Fowler said things are expected to change later this afternoon so be prepared to act.
"We're expecting it to come around to a north-easterly and strengthen throughout the day so that's likely to see increased fire activity," he said.
"Once that north-easterly comes through later today, people in the Woombah and Iluka areas need to monitor conditions." Mr Fowler added that New Zealand crews worked through Wednesday night to put in a successful back-burn along the saltwater inlet off Iluka Rd.
"We will also continue to patrol that area throughout the day," he said.
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Fire behaviour eased overnight with crews patrolling and undertaking asset protection in Ashby Heights, Woombah and Gap Road areas.
This morning, the fire will be under the influence of a southerly wind which will move in the direction of Gap Rd. Low cloud cover will see smoke remain in many areas across the fire ground including the Evans Head area.
Early afternoon the wind is forecast to shift to a north-easterly, strengthening into the evening. There will likely be an increase in fire activity in the below areas:
- New Italy
- Mororo Road
- Ashby Heights
- Gallagher's Road
- Mangrove Creek Road
People in these areas are advised to monitor conditions, if they are not prepared, their property is undefendable or their plan is to leave, leaving early is the safest option.
Last night, New Zealand firefighting crews successfully completed a back-burn in the Saltwater Inlet Management Trail (off the Iluka Rd). Residents of Iluka are asked to stay up to date and if they have left the area it still may not be safe to return.
The Pacific Highway is currently open, but be aware that roads may be closed at short notice.
KNOW WHAT TO DO
- If your plan is to leave and the path is clear, leaving early is the safest. Do not expect a fire truck at your property.
- Keep informed, watch out for changing conditions and check your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you don't have a plan, decide now what you will do.
- There are road closures in place - do not try to take back roads around the closures. You may put yourself in further danger.
STAY UP TO DATE
- Listen to your local radio stations including ABC local radio or 94.5 FM, 738 AM
- Check official messaging on NSW RFS Northern Rivers Zone Facebook page
- For information on road conditions or closures, call Live Traffic NSW on 131 700 or check www.livetraffic.com
- For Disaster Welfare Assistance call 1800 018 444 or www.emergency.nsw.gov.au
WASHPOOL STATE FOREST FIRE (12pm)
- A bush fire is burning in the Washpool and Billilimbra State Forests. The fire is more than 84,830 hectares in size and is being controlled.
- While conditions have eased, there is still considerable fire activity across the fireground.
- Overnight, back burning operations were undertaken in the Coombadjha area to the west of the Mann River (north of the Gwydir Highway) in an effort to limit the fires spread. Crews will patrol this area today with further back burning planned for tonight.
- The fire continues to burn east of Rocky River Road in the Rocky River area, north of the Gwydir Highway in the Coombadjha Creek and Brushy Creek areas and north of Mount Marsh in the Mookima and Fine Flower Creek areas.
- Firefighters, supported by aircraft and heavy machinery, will continue work over coming days to identify and strengthen containment lines in an effort to contain the fire.
- If you are in the area of Coombadjha, Rocky River, Mookima, Fine Flower Creek, Upper Fine Flower Creek, monitor conditions.
KALOE MOUNTAIN TRAIL FIRE (12pm)
- A bush fire is burning south of the Gwydir Highway in the Cangai, Gibraltar Range, Jackadgery and Ramornie areas. The fire is more than 92,100 hectares in size and is being controlled.
- While conditions have eased, there is still considerable fire activity across the fireground. The fire continues to burn in a northerly and westerly direction towards the Gwydir Highway.
- Today, a significant back burning operation is planned in the Ramornie area in an effort to limit the fires spread to the north and east. This back burn will be undertaken south of the Gwydir Highway in the area between the Mann River and Ramornie Forest Road. As a result, local residents and motorists on the Gwydir Highway will notice an increase of smoke.
- The Gwydir Highway is currently open but may be closed without notice.
- Residents should remain vigilant and monitor conditions.
- Take advice from firefighters in the area.
- Know what you will do if the fire approaches. Leaving early is the safest option.
LIBERATION TRAIL FIRE (12pm)
- A bush fire is burning in the Nymboida and Glenreagh areas. The fire has burnt more than 183,500 hectares and is being controlled.
- Fire activity has eased with more favourable weather conditions. Firefighters, supported by aircraft, will take advantage of these conditions to consolidate containment lines as well as patrol and mop up in an effort to control the fire.
- The fire is burning in the Kangaroo Creek and Kremnos area, north west of Glenreagh.
BANYABBA FIRE (12pm)
- A bushfire is burning within the Banyabba Nature Reserve, north of Grafton. The fire is more than 13,160 hectares in size and is under control.
- The fire is burning to the north of Grafton, within containment lines.
- If you are in the area north of Grafton, continue to monitor conditions.
- Follow the advice from firefighters in the area.
- Follow your bush fire survival plan. Know what you will do if fire threatens