'Protect what we can': Crews focus in on Kremnos bushfire
CREWS are fighting to ride through gusty conditions hampering efforts to contain the bushfire at Kremnos, south of Grafton.
Clarence Valley Rural Fire Service district manager Superintendent Stuart Watts said the fire at Middle Creek Rd was the biggest concern for crews.
"It's burning at advice status at the moment, it is out of control and it is moving in an easterly direction with strong winds, in the vicinity of Parker Road," Supt Watts.
A Large Air Tanker was seen this morning dropping chemical retardant to help contain the Middle Creek Rd blaze.
The Large Air Tanker (LAT) is assisting ground crews at the Middle Creek Road fire with strengthening containment lines. The fire continues to burn through bush land in a south-easterly direction. #nswrfs #nswfires pic.twitter.com/snxQIfbgFD— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) August 11, 2019
Crews from Ballina, Lismore, Casino and Coffs Harbour are helping local teams protect homes but are fighting against strong winds that aren't expected to ease until tomorrow.
"At the moment because of the wind, we just need to go with the flow until such time as it abates and put in place a plan to contain the fire," he said.
Supt Watts said homes are not currently under threat but residents who are concerned their home isn't fireproof should leave early and spend the day in Grafton or Coffs Harbour.
The RFS are doing an outstanding job with these fires.— Richie Williamson (@couttskid) August 11, 2019
This morning the latest weapon in fire fighting visited Coutts Crossing/Kangaroo Creek. The “Marie Bashir” doing some vital work.
"We've got to ride through and do our best today, protect what we can and then pick the pieces up tomorrow."