FIRE SEASON:This fire burning near Eatonsville was one of eight bushfires blazing around the Clarence Valley yesterday. Westerl
FIRE SEASON:This fire burning near Eatonsville was one of eight bushfires blazing around the Clarence Valley yesterday. Westerl

A real scorcher

By EMMA CORNFORD

A RED glow over Eatonsville on Thursday night was the second signal in a week that the bushfire season has well and truly started.

Thursday's blaze, which burned around 400 hectares of bush east of Ramornie and west of Tindal Road, was just one of eight bushfires burning around the Clarence Valley yesterday. It was still alight yesterday afternoon, but the intensity had decreased thanks to a cool change in the weather.

Clarence Valley Rural Fire Service group captain Neville Anderson said other fires in the region were in remote areas around Nymboida, Jackadgery and Fineflower.

"There are quite a few burning over a big area, but at the moment they are in remote areas so we're just keeping an eye on them and putting a strategy together," Mr Anderson said yesterday.

"If they start to threaten roads or property then we'll have to do something about them.

"It's normal for this time of year. High temperatures and low humidity are a recipe for fires."

RFS Clarence Valley zone operations manager James Clark said a grader had been used to help establish containment lines for the Eatonsville fire and a helicopter was flown in to assess the extent of the blaze.

"It (was) burning at a low intensity (yesterday) ... in an inaccessible area so we just had to wait for it to come out," he said.

Although smoke obscured some parts of the Gwydir Highway as a result of the blaze, only Tindal Road was closed to traffic.

"It was closed for a few hours because there was a risk of falling trees because there were a lot of trees alight and could have dropped their branches unexpectedly," Mr Clark said.

He said police had assessed the fire and he had requested an official investigation into the cause of the blaze.



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