WATCHFUL EYE: Bob Harbourd, deputy captain of Coutts Crossing RFS, surveys a fire on Armidale Rd. Photo Lachlan Thompson
WATCHFUL EYE: Bob Harbourd, deputy captain of Coutts Crossing RFS, surveys a fire on Armidale Rd. Photo Lachlan Thompson

Good luck sees fires contained

WITH conditions edging into extreme and temperatures pushing 36 degrees, 150 firefighters on the ground and a westerly wind howling across the Valley, the Clarence's RFS crews did well to avoid any property damage over the weekend.

"We were probably just lucky that the fires were burning in remote areas," Stuart Watts, the head of the Valley's RFS, reflected.

Mr Watts said conditions were so furious the decision was made to not put fire fighting assets in front of the nine blazes.

"All the smoke you could see in Grafton and the surrounds over the weekend was from fires burning to the west," he said.

And the two fires causing the most concern were the Mount Gundahl fire in the Nymboida National Park and Sportsmans Ck Trail fire north-west of Grafton.

But Mr Watts said good luck and the remote locations of the fires meant there was no property damage or loss of life during the weekend's horrific conditions.

"We've still got a lot of fires burning out of control and it's not over by a long shot," he said.

Mr Watts said the only way conditions would ease was heavy rain, and looking at the weather map there was none on the horizon.



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