Fire units count on better weather

DESPITE yesterday's unseasonably warm temperatures and gusty wind, Clarence Valley Rural Fire Service Units continued to enjoy a well-earned breather from the recent spate of bushfires.

An RFS spokesman yesterday told The Daily Examiner although a few scattered bushfires con- tinued to burn throughout the Valley, they were under control.

"We had a pretty quiet day - we've just been mopping up a few in the area, but nothing too seri- ous," the spokesman said.

"We've still got a few (fires) to the west and south of Grafton, but generally we're happy with how things are going.

"The weather conditions are always a big factor for us, but they've actually been pretty kind - we're looking at coming into some colder weather now, so that should settle things down even more."

The easing conditions are a welcome reprieve for the Clarence Valley crews after a nightmare weekend when about 20 bushfires were burning around the area.

A wet winter has meant an abundance of grass and the RFS has urged rural property owners to reduce the fuel load around their homes in preparation for what could be a severe fire season.



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