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.