Contributed, Boyd Townsend.

RFS Delcares State of Emergency

A State of Emergency or section 44 was declared by the RFS at midday on Thursday.

Crews are currently battling 10 fires across the Valley.

The strong, dry northerlies that blistered across the Clarence today meant that containment lines were under pressure.

Indeed some containment lines were broken and crews scrambled to regain control.

About 100 personnel have been deployed.

Six fixed wing aircraft and five choppers have been called in to assist ground crews.

The main fires of concern are at Glenugie Park, Bald Knob, Round Mountain and Riley Road near Lawrence.

There has been no property damage and at present no properties are under threat.

All fire permits have been suspended (except for cane burning between 7pm and 7am).

Super Intendant Matt Inwood said people should refrain from burning off.

"Obviously with permits suspended there should not be any burning off," he said.

"If people do see a fire please call 000."



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