FIREFIGHTERS working to contain a large bush fire burning north of Glenreagh said cooler conditions were assisting them to bring the blaze under control.
Clarence Valley District Duty Officer for the NSW Rural Fire Service, Blair Spalding, said around 18 local RFS volunteers were working alongside nine crew from National Parks and Wildlife Service.
"We have machinery in repairing some of the fire trails and by afternoon we expect to see it contained to the eastern side of Walter Creek," Mr Spalding said yesterday.
The fire, located to the west of the Orara Way at Fish Hole Creek, Kremnos, has already destroyed at least 1386ha, but with more mapping to be done, Mr Spalding estimates around 1600ha will be destroyed by the time it is extinguished.
He said the latest blaze effectively connects two previous fires which had burned out large areas in August, north of Kangaroo Creek and South of McGills Road.
It has also contributed to smoke haze across southern parts of the Clarence Valley for several days.
Meanwhile the NSW Rural Fire Service is encouraging residents to get prepared for another potentially volatile bush fire season.
This weekend is the 'Get Ready Weekend' when you can make a Bush Fire Survival Plan and prepare you home.
RFS has produced a free digital Get Ready Kit which can be downloaded from http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
10 Tips for preparing your home:
- Prepare your Bush Fire Survival Plan
- Clear leaves, sticks and other things that could burn from your gutters.
- Prune shrubs and trees so they're not overhanging the home
- Rake up leaves and litter from your property
- Move firewood away from your home
- Keep your lawns mowed and your garden well maintained
- Keep things that can burn like flammable liquids in an enclosed area and not out in the open
- Make sure you've got a good hose that will reach all corners of your home.
- If you've got a water tank, pool or dam, get a Static Water Supply sign from your local NSW RFS so fire-fighters know there is another water source on the property
- Enclose underfloor areas and make sure there are no gaps or broken tiles in the roof - they can let in burning embers.