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Fires under control

FIGHTING FIRE: RFS volunteers near Brooms Head last year.
FIGHTING FIRE: RFS volunteers near Brooms Head last year.

CALMER winds have helped the Rural Fire Service to control about 20 separate blazes burning across the Clarence Valley today.

The wind moved around to the east and dropped off after a dry north-west wind fanned fires throughout the region on Saturday.

The Rural Fire Service deployed eight aircraft across the Valley as well as 23 trucks and 60 firefighters.

Their efforts were mostly focussed on four main fires.

These included a 1600ha blaze at Mattiers Creek to the west of Grafton.

A 350ha blaze at Middle Creek to Grafton's south.

A 600ha fire to the southeast of Grafton at Featherstone's Creek and another large blaze north west of Copmanhurst in the Stockyard Creek area.

The remaining 16 or so fires were monitored throughout today and as of 4pm no further action has been required.

No lives were lost and property damage was limited to one shed and a car.

RFS Spokesperson, Stuart O'Keefe spoke to The Daily Examiner on Sunday afternoon.

"The wind has not been as strong compared to the last few days," he said.

"The easterly wind has slightly increased humidity and it does not let the fires run as fast.

"This is assists our ability to control the fires."

Landholders are still being allowed to burn off in preparation for summer, however they are being asked to consult with their local RFS before commencing any controlled burns.

"This year's rain has stimulated a lot of grass growth and the good rains over the last couple of years have hindered land managers and the RFS from meeting their hazard reduction objectives," said Stuart O'Keefe.

Mr O'Keefe urged landholders to remain vigilant and ensure they have adequate fire control measures in place prior to undertaking any burning activity on their properties. 

He also said that landowners and property managers have alternatives to fire.

He said slashing and weeding methods can be equally effective ways to protect your assets and all methods should take the weather forecast into consideration.

"Land owners and property managers need not use fire only," he said.

"Slashing and weeding methods can be an equally effective way to protect your assets."



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