UPDATE: Fire activity increases west of Grafton
UPDATE, SAT 10.30AM: Firefighters are battling to protect homes as fire activity in the Whiteman Creek west of Grafton.
The out of control grassfire continues to burn in an easterly direction along the Clarence Way towards the Clarence River.
Firefighters are on the scene and are being supported by waterbombing aircraft.
The NSW Rural Fire Service has issued a Watch and Act alert and urged people in the area to enact their bushfire survival plan.
UPDATE 5.30PM: The Rural Fire Service has downgraded the threat level of a 321ha fire at Whiteman Creek to advice status.
Clarence Way has since reopened to the public.
UPDATE 3PM: Road closures are in place around the Whiteman Creek area as fire crews continue to battle an out-of-control fire.
The fire has grown to 321ha in size as multiple Rural Fire Service crews battle to contain the blaze.
Coffs/Clarence Police District duty officer Chief Inspector Joanne Reid said a number of homes in the area were under threat earlier in the day before they were saved by RFS Clarence Valley District crews.
However, the fire had since jumped containment lines established by the RFS, with strong winds making the work of fire crews difficult.
The fire is at a watch and act alert level, and residents in the area are advised to enact their bush fire plans.
- Whitemans Creek Rd
- Clarence Way at Summerland Way
- Clarence Way at Eastern Greverts Rd
EARLIER: AN OUT-of-control grass fire has been upgraded to watch and act status, as Rural Fire Service crews battle to contain the fire.
The fire is currently 22ha in size, and currently burning around Clarence Way, Whiteman Creek.
Numerous resources have been deployed to contain the fire, including the RFS large aerial tanker water bomber aircraft.
Residents near the area of in the vicinity of Whiteman Creek Rd and Clarence Way are advised to enact their bush fire plan.