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Bush fires rage across the Valley

A SECTION 44 has been declared for the Clarence Valley as firefighters try to contain a number of bush fires across the region.

All fire permits have been suspended in the region until further notice.

Today The Daily Examiner reported emergency services were fighting 11 bush fires across the Valley and a spokesman for the Rural Fire Service today confirmed an incident management team had been put in place to control the fires.

"Local crews have been going for a few days so firefighters from out of the area are assisting and we are putting in more aviation resources," he said.

"At this stage there are no properties under threat."

The spokesman urged landholders to stop their own hazard reduction work as a number of the fires were caused by burn offs getting out of control.

"We want people to undertake that work but it's about monitoring the weather as well," he said.

"We need to get through this windy weather and work out what we'll do in terms of containment lines.

"One or two fires could run for a week or so given they are in remote areas."

Across the Northern Region, the Rural Fire Service has 200 firefighters on 38 incidents.

The spokesman said the north westerly winds were not unusual for this time of year but this weekend's bush fires should act as a wake-up call for people who haven't yet prepared their properties ahead of the bush fire season.

There is a 600 hectare blaze at Featherstone Rd, Upper Corindi, 250 hectare blaze at Mattiers Ck, Mt Ramornie, 150 hectare blaze at Caroika, Glenugie and others across the region.

For details on the status of these fires and further information see http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/dsp_content.cfm?cat_id=683
 



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