LATEST: RFS warn residents of smoke as backburning begins
UPDATE 9AM: THERE will be a lot of smoke from extensive backburning operations in the next couple of days as fire crews use the warm and still conditions to tackle fires.
RFS incident controller Ian Smith said residents should be aware there would be large amounts of smoke in the area but the backburning will not pose any immediate threat to properties.
He said crews put in a place seven kilometre backburn last night at Whiteman Creek and are hoping to have the fire under control by the end of today.
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At Lanitza, Mr Smith said there were around "five or six pockets still open" and back burning would help contain them. Aircraft are also helping the operation to control the blaze.
UPDATE 8.30AM: A NEW fire has sparked near Copmanhurst, with fire crews heading to the blaze.
According to the RFS Fires Near Me website the grass fire is at Stockyard Creek Rd. Residents are urged to monitor the situation in their area using the Fires Near Me app or by checking the Rural Fire Service website. In an emergency call 000.
EARLIER: THERE are currently no out of control fires burning in the Valley.
Firefighters continue to work tirelessly to save homes and properties. So far, it is confirmed one home has been lost in the region, at Whiteman Creek.
At Rappville, the RFS said two houses and two outbuildings were destroyed and 11 houses and four outbuildings remained untouched by the blaze.
Across the State, four homes were lost and one damaged, with more than 50 homes saved by firefighters.
Rural Fire Service district manager Superintendent Stuart Watts said favourable weather conditions expected for the next few days would be a 'window of opportunity' for fire crews to contain some of the blazes.
At the Lanitza bush fire, crews continue to strengthen containment lines and are working with heavy machinery and aircraft, a backburning operation may also be required.
Fire crews are working against the clock to contain the fire throughout the cooler days before warmer and windy weather hits over the weekend.
Residents in Parker Road, Citris Drive, The Desert and Perch Road should monitor their properties for spot fires and burning embers.
Residents in the area of Sandstone Drive, Blackbutt Road, McGills Road, Kungala Road, the Orara Way should monitor the situation and know what they will do in the event the fire threatens.
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Clearview Rd, Rappville (5707ha)
Shark Creek Rd, Shark Creek (0ha)
Wombat Creek, north nest of Wombat Creek Conservation Area (51ha)
Middle Creek Rd, Kangaroo Creek (4952ha)
Rockview, Chambigne (396ha)
Clarence Way, Whiteman Creek (1953ha)
Barretts Creek Rd, Barretts Creek (807ha)
Old Glen Innes Rd, Buccarumbi (0ha)
Conroys Rd, Chambigne (4284ha)
Laytons Range Rd, Nymbodia (0ha)
Black Mountain Rd, Nymboida (354ha)
Mattiers Creek, Ramornie Station Rd (480ha)
Hassans Ck, Fine Flower (51ha)
Clearview Rd, Coutts Crossing (984ha)
Old Glen Innes Rd, Chambigne (396 ha)
Crowleys Road, Sandy Creek (18ha)
Kimbin Pikapene Rd, Alice (948ha)
Summerland Way and Orara Way remain open but smoke continues to obstruct visibility. Drivers are urged to be cautious and drive to the conditions.
Smoke is also affecting visibility on the Pacific Highway at Halfway creek, please drive carefully and to the conditions.
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