Two fires are affecting major highways
Two fires are affecting major highways Live Traffic NSW

UPDATE: Gwydir, Pacific highways reopened to traffic

UPDATE, 9PM: Both of the Clarence Valley's major highways have reopened after they were earlier closed due to separate grass fires.

The Gwydir Highway was closed due to a grass fire burning to the south of the highway at Glen Elgin.

"The highway is currently closed due to firefighting operations between Grafton and Glen Innes," a NSW Rural Fire Service spokesperson said earlier today. "Aircraft have been assisting ground crews to slow the spread of the fire."

The Gwydir Highway has now reopened, however Live Traffic NSW continues to urge people travelling along the Gwydir Highway west of Grafton to exercise caution due to visibility being affected by the amount of smoke.

The Pacific Highway was also completely closed for a short period of time before crews contained a grassfire burning along Sheehys Lane at Tyndale.

The highway was closed northbound due to a tree over the road and southbound due to smoke and emergency services working on the highway.

The Pacific Highway has since reopened and there are no further disruptions at Tyndale.

ORIGINAL STORY, 4PM: The Pacific Highway at Tyndale is closed due to a grass fire.

NSW Rural Fire Service crews were called to a grass fire burning along Sheehys Lane, Tyndale a short time ago. 

Fortunately, the blaze was quickly contained, however both lanes are closed due to smoke and debris over the road.

It is understood a tree and power lines were involved in the incident, causing power outages in parts of Tyndale.

Eight residents have been affected by the power outage
Eight residents have been affected by the power outage Essential Energy

Live Traffic NSW is advising motorists to avoid the area. 

Meanwhile, motorists wishing to use the Gwydir Highway are advised to use the Bruxner Highway or Waterfall Way instead as the Glen Elgan bushfire continues to burn. 

Two fires are affecting major highways
Two fires are affecting major highways Live Traffic NSW


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