News

Heat is on our fire crews

Fires burn through bushland near Chambigne.
Fires burn through bushland near Chambigne.

A BUILD-up of fuel combined with dry conditions is shaping to make this spring and summer one of the worst bushfire seasons since late 2009.

Forests NSW North East Region operations manager Tom Newby said after a number of benign summers, the recipe was there for a shocking season.

"But there has been a rapid decline in the moisture content of forests between Macksville and the Queensland border in the past month with little rain," Mr Newby said.

"We are now employing a number of casual firefighters who will supplement the Forests NSW firefighting team over the coming months."

Forests NSW has held a number of pre-season fire days and is refreshing staff training for the use of the Rural Fire Service Icon fire information and reporting system.

"We have had 11 fires since July 1 in the Forests NSW North East Region lower fire command area which extends from Macksville to the Clarence River," Mr Newby said.

Topics:  bushfire, firefighters



Strange Politics: I'm not racist but...

Pauline Hanson and Donald Trump - the similarities are unmistakable. (Photo Digitally altered)

Two phrases have recently enjoyed a popularity spike

What's on during October

The Mouldy Lovers get the crowd dancing at Surfing the Coldstream 2015. Photo Clair Morton / Daily Examiner

A guide to some of the events this month

Remembering a fallen mate at this year's Bridge to Bridge

At the Bridge to Bridge Ski Classic. Photo Leigh Jensen / The Daily Examiner

Bridge to Bridge returns one year after fatal accident

Local Partners

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E7: Manifest review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E6: Suckas Need Bodyguards review

Rosario Dawson and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E5: Just To Get A Rep review

Mahershala Ali, centre, in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E4: Step In The Arena review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Rob Kardashian admits his first crush was his sister Kim

Rob Kardashian once had a crush on his sister Kim Kardashian West.

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Clarence Valley property prices go through the roof

Buyers are hungry to sink their teeth into the Clarence Valley

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

NEW HOME: Agents to the rescue for family of nine

RELIEF: Tanya Cone (middle) with her kids and McKimm's Real Estate property managers Regan Firth and Nadine Greenhalgh who helped find her family a home.

DEX article prompts property managers to help family find new home