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Firefighters save homes, caravan park at Yamba

Smoke fills the air as a fire on Carrs Drive gets out of control on Saturday.
Smoke fills the air as a fire on Carrs Drive gets out of control on Saturday. Debrah Novak

IT WAS a close call for the Yamba Waters Caravan Park on Saturday afternoon as a bushfire threatened homes in the area surrounding Carrs Creek.

NSW Rural Fire Service deputy incident controller Inspector Brett Loughlin said the fire, which was burning in swamp forest to the south-west of Yamba, had been brought under control within a few hours.

"We held concerns for the Yamba Water Caravan Park and a couple of nearby homes and an emergency warning was issues to residents advising them to shelter in place," Mr Loughlin said.

A large number of fire-fighters were dispatched to Yamba from both Fire and Rescue NSW and the Rural Fire Service, including crews from Lawrence and Ballina.

"Fortunately no assets were damaged or lost as a result and fire-fighters were able to contain that fire by about 9 o'clock and many of those fire-fighters were then retasked to other fires in the area," he said.

"It was a really good effort there."

Smoke fills the air as a fire on Carrs Drive gets out of control on Saturday. Yamba and Maclean RFS and fireman meet on Sullivans Road planning there tactics.
Smoke fills the air as a fire on Carrs Drive gets out of control on Saturday. Yamba and Maclean RFS and fireman meet on Sullivans Road planning there tactics. Debrah Novak

For caravan park employee Christine Cameron, it was her first week on the job and it was an interesting way to meet the residents.

"We could see the smoke for a few hours and then the police came and did a walk through; they were purely here to do a heads up and be aware," Mrs Cameron said.

"I was a bit concerned at some stage that we might need to rush to get everyone out, but at no stage were we evacuated. If the wind had changed then it would've been a different story.

"The biggest job was reassuring everybody not to panic."

Meanwhile Yamba resident Julie Madden received an emergency bushfire warning from the NSW Rural Fire Service on her mobile phone.

The text message warned of a bushfire on Carrs Dr, Yamba advising recipients to seek shelter as the fire arrived.

"Nearly everyone I know got one, even the holiday makers," she said.

Inspector Loughlin said as the season progressed this type of message was likely to become more frequent.

Topics:  bushfires, rural fire service, yamba




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