Widespread smoke from bushfire zone burn off
A BUSHFIRE near Nymboida and a hazard reduction burn near Wooli are contributing to smoky skies to the south and east of Grafton.
The Rural Fire Service has brought the 36 hectare bushfire in the vicinity of Doboy Rd, Buccarumbi under control.
Meanwhile, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is responsible back burning operation at Diggers Camp, which is where a bushfire threatened homes at the end of February.
"A lot of the smoke that is hanging around is from the National Parks hazard reduction adjacent to Diggers Camp," NSW Rural Fire Service district manager Superintendent Stuart Watts said.
"It's a reasonably large burn in coastal heath area."
A total of 23 NPWS firefighters and six RFS volunteers from Minnie Water and Wooli have been involved in the operation.
NSW NPWS Clarence area manager Andrew Lugg said the back burning of about 500 hectares in the block between the Diggers Camp village, Lake Hiawatha and Diggers Camp Road has now been completed.
"We're now just patrolling it and mopping up," Mr Lugg said.
"The area was partially burnt by the wildfire about a month ago. We had planned a hazard reduction before that as part of the fire management strategy, and are completing it now that conditions are more suitable."
A helicopter was used yesterday to perform reconaissance and aerial incendiarism.
"The idea was to make sure the fire was recovered across the whole block and make sure all the fuel was consumed," Mr Lugg said.
"The block itself is a strategic fire advantage zone. We do this so that when a wildfire comes the danger lessens and it is more easily contained, largely for the protection of Diggers Camp."
Mr Lugg said hazard reduction burns would continue throughout the autumn and winter months in coastal areas of the Clarence Valley.
"There will be a number of hazard reduction burns in Yuraygir National Park around Minnie Water and Wooleweyah."
Another 235ha hazard reduction burn is taking place at Wild Cattle Creek near Lowanna west of Coffs Harbour.
To view the NSW Rural Fire Service's planned hazard reduction burns visit http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/hazard-reductions.