Bushfires threaten Clarence Valley

AFTER a two month break, firefighters are once again working around the clock to contain bushfires burning in the Clarence Valley.

At about noon yesterday a fire broke out in the Devil’s Pulpit State Forest, 10-12 kilometres north of the Iluka turnoff on the Pacific Highway.

Last night 10 Rural Fire Service crews from the Clarence Valley and Richmond River joined forces with State Forest fire crews, two aircraft and bulldozers to establish containment lines around the fire that had burned 400 hectares of bush.

RFS operations manager Brian Williams said the crews would work throughout the night to contain the fire and he was confident they would succeed, unless conditions deteriorated.

Mr Williams said there were a number of properties in the vicinity of the fire, but they were not under threat last night.

The RTA reduced the speed limit along sections of the Pacific Highway to 60km where the fire had reached the road and motorists were asked to drive to the conditions.

Five Clarence Valley units were also working in Glen Innes yesterday, where a bushfire emergency had been declared.

Do you know what to do in the advent of a fire? Read NSW fire bushfire safety tips.



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