Clarence Valley fires: what we know so far
WITH multiple fires peppered across the Clarence Valley, residents will wake up this morning to the unpleasant smell of smoke.
As fire as crews continue to work tirelessly to control each blaze, we will bring you rolling updates as they happen.
Reduced speed limits and traffic control remain in place on the Gwydir Highway for the safety of road users and workers on site this evening.
The NSW Rural Fire Service has carried out back burning operations today and these will continue overnight.
If weather conditions worsen, there may be a need to close the Gwydir Highway at short notice.
Roads and Maritime Services asks that road users please follow all signage and directions, including the reduced speed limits in place.
Information current as of 7am
At of 5am this morning, the NSW Rural Fire Service report the fire as out of control.
The fire continues to burn along the Gwydir Highway near Bristol Arms Road at Ramornie and has burnt approximately 400 hectares.
Fire crews continue to conduct back-burning operations to gain control of the fire.
Currently, the Gwydir Highway remains affected by the fire and was closed briefly overnight due to trees down.
Alternating stop/slow traffic conditions are in place at various locations to allow motorists to pass in both directions.
Please allow extra travel time.
Fire crews are working to control the blaze along Armidale Road, Nymboida which has already destroyed 960 hectares.
FINE FLOWER AND SURROUNDS
The fire along Gorge Road, Heifer Station is being controlled after it burned approximately 1300 hectares. Similarly, the fire along Coaldale Road, Upper Fine Flower is being controlled with 282 hectares destroyed.
Meanwhile, the grass fire on Clarence Way, Baryulgil is being controlled with 345 hectares already affected.
Crews working on the fire along Claires Road, Mororo have brought the blaze under control. So far, the fire has destroyed 71 hectares.
More than 6,000 hectares have been burned, but the NSW Rural Fire Service are reporting that the blaze located along the Mount Marsh North Trail is under control.
The fire along Old Lilypool Road, Bom Bom has been brought under control with approximately 199 hectares burnt as a result.
The fire along Smiths Creek Road, Upper Copmanhurst is out of control according to the NSW Rural Fire Service.
The fire along Sandy Swamp Road, Coutts Crossing was brought under control last night with 38 hectares affected.
Nearly 4,000 hectares have been affected by the blaze along Stoney Ridge Road, Kremnos, however NSW Rural Fire Service last night reported it as under control.