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NPWS to patrol Wooli fire remnants

Rural Fire Service Wooli Police copyright Tanja Ackerman2016
Rural Fire Service Wooli Police copyright Tanja Ackerman2016 Tanja Ackerman

UPDATE, 1.45pm  MONDAY: NATIONAL Parks and Wildlife Service fire crews will continue to patrol the remnants of the Wooli fire for the next few days to deal with any potential flare-ups. 

Rural Fire Service Clarence Valley Superintendent Stuart Watts described the blaze as a great exercise in fire-fighting between the two agencies, but said RFS volunteers no longer had any involvement because the fire was contained purely to the Yuraygir National Park.

"The weather is in our favour now, we've got overcast skies, high humidity and the direction of the wind is obviously helping efforts so it's all under control," he said.

YESTERDAY: Unexpected rain has helped fire fighters extinguish a blaze burning close to the Wooli coast, but residents at Diggers Camp and Minnie Water have been urged to remain alert to fire over coming days.

Between 4 and 24mm of rain was reported from Wooli to Minnie Water this morning, bringing some much-needed relief to Rural Fire Service crews and nearby residents after Diggers Camp Rd and sections of Wooli Rd were closed most of the day yesterday due to smoke and flames.

SPECTACULAR: The Wooli Road fire blocks the sun as it edges closer to Diggers Camp Road.
SPECTACULAR: The Wooli Road fire blocks the sun as it edges closer to Diggers Camp Road. Tanja Ackerman

Rural Fire Service Clarence Valley Superintendent Stuart Watts said despite a substantial back burn by RFS and National Parks and Wildlife Service crews on Friday night and into the early hours of yesterday morning, the fire breached containment lines and spotted over Diggers Camp Rd, with the head of the fire making its way to Lake Hiawatha.

"The fire made a fairly significant run from about 3am yesterday morning, and we began to move back to a slightly larger picture," he said.

"In view of the forecasted conditions, we would have had quite a large fire burning up to the north towards Minnie Water, but luckily the rain intervened and most of us could go back to our (daily lives)."

Today, NPWS fire fighters are doing foot patrols of the breakaway area that burnt north of Diggers Camp to Lake Hiawatha.

It is estimated the fire had burnt through at least 720 hectares.

CHOPPER: Wooli resident Nikki Voss snapped this picture of the fire outside her shack.
CHOPPER: Wooli resident Nikki Voss snapped this picture of the fire outside her shack. Nikki Voss

"It doesn't mean we're out of the woods at the moment," Supt Watts said.

"The rain was not enough to completely extinguish it so there is still potential for the fire to reignite.

"We would ask people in Diggers Camp and Minnie Water to be on an increased level of alert."

For updates, go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Topics:  bush fire, rural fire service, wooli

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