Lightning likely cause of fire that closed highway
5.30PM: The Pacific Highway has reopened in Glenugie at Eight Mile Lane, about 25km south of Grafton, after being closed earlier because of a bushfire.
All diversions have been lifted.
Motorists are advised to continue to exercise caution and drive to the conditions as there may still be smoke in the area.
4.15PM: THE RURAL Fire Service says a lightning strike is the likely cause of a bushfire near Eight Mile Lane, south of Grafton.
RFS district manager Superintendent Stuart Watts said the fire began about 2pm and is burning about 500m from the highway in an area between Eight Mile Lane and the Wooli Rd.
"Police have closed the highway in both directions because the smoke is a safety hazard to traffic," Supt Watts said.
He said there are houses dotted through the area, but said there is no danger to property as yet.
"There are five brigades, plus police in the area, so there are plenty of resources assigned to the fire," he said.
Supt Watts said there had been recent fires in the area, which fire fighters would use as "areas of advantage'.
"Other areas will be back burnt to control the fire when the when drops to a safe level," he said.
"Winds are gusting from the north at about 35kmh which is making it harder to contain the fire.
"If necessary we might have to make a traditional attack on the head and flanks of the fire."
3.30PM: The Pacific Highway is closed in both directions as RFS crews from Glenugie and Wooli scramble to contain what is understood to be a bushfire at Eight Mile Lane, about 25km south of Grafton.
Police are on the scene and are diverting southbound traffic at Lilypool Road south of Grafton and Dinjerra Road south of the Wooli turnoff.
The Rural Fire Service has the blaze listed as an out of control grass fire burning across one hectare of land.