UPDATE FRIDAY, 10.30AM: EXPLODING gas cylinders and toxic fumes were just some of the hazards firefighters had to contend with yesterday as they battled a blaze in a South Grafton storage yard.

Fire crews from South Grafton and Grafton responded to the scrub fire on a private property at Lilypool Rd, about 6.20pm, and spent two hours on site attempting to extinguish it.

Grafton Fire and Rescue captain Garry Reardon said firefighters had to don breathing apparatus to fight the blaze, which was burning through a number of recycled goods scattered through the grass including rubber, gas cylinders and white goods. 

Firefighters attend a rubbish fire near Lilypool Road started on Thursday afternoon.
Firefighters attend a rubbish fire near Lilypool Road started on Thursday afternoon. David Moase

 

With the assistance of the Rural Fire Service, who supplied water, the fire was fortunately contained to the hectare property.

It is believed the grass was accidentally ignited by a ride-on lawnmower, and Mr Reardon urged people to be mindful of just how dry conditions were at the moment.

The dry conditions are expected to be exacerbated next week, with top temperatures of 30 degrees or above forecast every day.

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THURSDAY: FIREFIGHTERS are battling a scrub fire that is sending a haze of black smoke over South Grafton.

The fire, at the intersection of Lillypool Rd and Bessie St, is on a block littered with rubbish, including industrial drums and old whitegoods.

Occasional pops and fizzes can be heard as the junk burns.

The block is alongside a timber yard and houses, and neighbours have armed themselves with hoses but the wind is blowing the fire away from their properties

A spokesperson for the Fire and Rescue NSW South Grafton station confirmed fire crews had responded to the blaze but said there was no cause for concern.

"It is only a bit of a rubbish fire on a property," he said. "There is nothing out of control, the fire is just in a hard to access spot for the crews.



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