Rain helps firies douse bushfires

HEAVY rains yesterday afternoon helped douse the six remaining major bushfires in the Clarence Valley.

Though a Rural Fire Service (RFS) helicopter will search for any signs of fire today, it is expected most, if not all, fire brigades will have wound down operations.

Early yesterday, fire authorities were still working to contain at least six major fires and a number of smaller fires burning west of Grafton.

A Rushforth Road fire that started on Sunday afternoon about 10km south-west of Grafton is now under control.

A Link Road fire has also been contained after burning more than 4770 hectares in the Chaelundi National Park and Boundary Creek State Forest.

A NPWS spokesperson said up to 12 NPWS fire crews and a helicopter had worked around the clock to control the suspicious fire.

Rain has slowed the spread of another fire at Dandarah Creek near Jackadgery, west of Grafton, where about 4000 hectares of bushland was burning. The fire closed the Gibraltar Range National Park.

Fire crews will continue to identify and establish containment lines and conduct backburning as weather permits.

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