Firefighters gain upper hand

ONLY one fire remained uncontained in the Clarence Valley yesterday as firefighters scaled back their week-long battle with bushfires.

Rural Fire Service (RFS) acting public liaison spokesperson Gillian Kearney said the Blue Flat Fire burning 6km west of the Cloud Creek Forestry Plantation, south of Nymboida, was causing some concern, although it posed no threat to private property.

“If the wind blows from the north-west, pushing the fire to the south-east, it could impact on the Cloud Creek plantation,” she said.

“There is also a radio repeater station on Ellis Road that could cause communication problems if it goes and there is also lots of national park,” Ms Kearney said.

Yesterday, rotary and fixed-wing aircraft water-bombed the blaze and RFS and State Forest strike force crews were building containment lines around the fire that had burnt-out around 200 hectares of forest.

Ms Kearney said firefighters had deepened containment lines around the major blaze in the Valley, the Centre Road Fire at Brooms Head.

Yesterday, extensive incendiary bombing of the remaining unburnt forest in the burnt-out area had extended the containment line around the fire.

“If there's a change in the weather these burn-offs should keep the fire contained,” she said.

RFS crews have maintained patrols around the fire, mopping up any minor outbreaks.

Around 35km to the west, the Steamer Fire, south-west of Coaldale, was also contained, with three National Parks and Wildlife Service crews mopping up any outbreaks.

Another fire burning on private land at The Gorge was also under control late yesterday.

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