Firemen spot on in day of mayhem

CLARENCE Valley firefighters continue to battle a fire burning at Jacky Bulbin Flat that refuses to be tamed.

Yesterday morning the fire burning alongside the eastern side of the Pacific Highway north of Iluka was under control, but as the day progressed, the fire jumped its containment lines.

Once free to burn, the fire then jumped the Pacific Highway in several places, forcing the Rural Fire Service and RTA to close the road on and off throughout the afternoon.

RFS operations manager Brian Williams said firefighters faced some fairly erratic fire behaviour yesterday with a number of spot fires igniting along the western side of the highway.

He said the highway could be closed again throughout the night if spot fires continued.

“We’re working hard to gain the upper hand,” Mr Williams said.

At 5pm firefighters had succeeded in re-establishing containment lines around the fire on the eastern side of the highway.

Mr Williams said the firefighters should be commended for their quick actions and success battling the Jacky Bulbin fire, especially on Tuesday when temperatures were in excess of 40 degrees.

“The firefighters have done a magnificent job with this fire,” he said.

“It was one of the best saves this summer.

“It could have been a disaster but we’re not out of it yet.

“It’ll just keep testing us.”

No properties were at threat.

Mr Williams said the fire was being treated as suspicious and had started on the side of the highway. Yesterday a bushfire was also burning in the Newton Boyd area. Last night it was burning freely in remote country.

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