By EMMA CORNFORD
WHEN Eatonsville resident John Pitkin saw bushfire flames licking the edge of Ryan's Gully Lane on Saturday, he was concerned about his property.
"The wind picked up in the afternoon and the smoke came over. We were covered in a lot of smoke," Mr Pitkin said.
"It was near one of the houses and I thought the fire was coming ... because at that stage the wind was behind the fire, pushing it towards Ryan's Gully Lane.
"I contacted my neighbour and she had already contacted the fire crew and they were coming to pick her up because if it had jumped the lane it would have been a real threat."
Mr Pitkin said he saw Rural Fire Service crews fighting the fire on Tindal Road and praised their efforts.
"They really put themselves at risk and their efforts were really very commendable," he said.
"For some reason, as the fire got very close to the Lane, the wind reversed and I think that really helped the firefighters and the community as well."
RFS Clarence Valley zone operations manager James Clark said it took crews around two hours to bring the blaze back under control at Eatonsville.
"With the winds it just jumped containment lines, but it was brought quickly back under control by the crews out there," Mr Clark said.
"There was also a fire out at Sandy Creek with a high fuel load including logs and tea trees which gave off that thick, acrid black smoke, but it wasn't in a large area."
Around eight other fires burned in remote areas around Copmanhurst, Nymboida and Jackadgery during the weekend and into yesterday, but Mr Clark said they posed no threat to people or property.
"They are all still pretty much where we left them and we're just keeping our eye on them and making sure they remain safe."
He said milder conditions over the next few days were likely to reduce the fire danger and give crews a chance to recover.