WATCHFUL EYE: Bob Harbourd, deputy captain of Coutts Crossing RFS, surveys a fire on Armidale Rd. Photo Lachlan Thompson
WATCHFUL EYE: Bob Harbourd, deputy captain of Coutts Crossing RFS, surveys a fire on Armidale Rd. Photo Lachlan Thompson

Firefighters struggle in testing hot and windy conditions

DRY winds and warm temperatures have plagued the Valley's RFS crews as they struggle to contain five blazes.

RFS Inspector Brian Williams was hoping conditions at Walcha, near Armidale, eased.

This would mean five crews he had sent south could come home and help.

"They're doing a great job, but I need them here," Insp Williams said.

He also said he had ordered an aircraft to come to the Valley and help map the fires currently burning.

The most dangerous fire at time of print was at Stockyard Ck, near Copmanhurst.

Inspector Williams said that while the fire was still to break its containment lines, strong northerly winds, low humidity and climbing temperatures were making things extremely hard for fire crews battling the fires on the ground.

"Yeah, it's pretty dangerous," he said.

But crews did manage to get a large back burn done in the area on Tuesday night.

Insp Williams said he could remember arriving at work at some stage towards the end of August and things had been so busy he didn't remember leaving since.

He said while it was too late to train new members it would be good if all existing members made contact with their brigade to boost numbers ahead of what he was expecting to be a very difficult fire season.

 

Locations of Clarence Valley bushfires

Stockyard Creek Rd Stockyard Creek

Dalmorton State Forest

Blaxlands Flat

Red Herring Hill



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