Rural firies work tirelessly

A map on the RFS website showing where the fires are.
A map on the RFS website showing where the fires are.

THE HOT and windy conditions the Valley witnessed over the weekend fanned several fires in the area and Rural Fire Service volunteers scrambled to get the situation under control.

Fourteen new fires have started over the past three days and there are now 24 blazes burning throughout the Clarence.

Luckily there has been no property damage and there are currently no properties under threat as most of the major fires are in remote locations.

The RFS have deployed 100 volunteer firefighters, eight fixed wing aircraft and eight helicopters and one line scanner aircraft, which uses thermal imaging equipment to provide data on the precise location of the fires.

Additional volunteers from the Northern Rivers, the North Coast and the Blue Mountains have been called in to assist.

RFS public liaison officer Matt Horward urged people to observe the total fire ban that the Valley has been under for the past week.

"Our best advice is due to the fire activity all across the Clarence Valley all fire permits are suspended," he said.

"There is still an exemption for cane growers but all hazard reduction burns have been suspended and we'd encourage people to use other methods such as slashing, to protect their property."

He also urged people to observe the permit system as those ignoring the law can face criminal prosecution.

"Heavy penalties and potential criminal prosecution applies for people lighting fires without permits."

Mr Horward extended his thanks to the RFS volunteers who have been working tirelessly over the weekend to protect the people of the Clarence and their property.

"Hats off to these guys, a lot of them are working 12 hour shifts going home and then turning straight up again in the morning and they really deserve to be thanked."

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