AT THE READY: Coutts Crossing RFS members keep watch on a fire south of Nymboida. Photo: Adam Hourigan
AT THE READY: Coutts Crossing RFS members keep watch on a fire south of Nymboida. Photo: Adam Hourigan

RFS holding out for cooler conditions

FIRE authorities say they are watching and waiting to see if weather conditions moderate before a containment strategy can be established on several fires burning in the Clarence Valley.

NSW Rural Fire Service district manager Superintendent Stuart Watts said while yesterday's hot and dry conditions were anticipated, he hoped the next few days might bring some respite.

"The forecast is for a few showers over the weekend, but there's not much in that," Mr Watts said, adding cooler temperatures may give firefighters time to consolidate and contain.

However, he warned that if gusty winds continued there was still a threat some fires could reignite.

At 4pm yesterday, the RFS website reported 11 bushfires in the Clarence Valley. These include two listed as "out of control" - one at Farquhars Creek, Blaxlands Flat, and the other at Fieldmount. Categorised as "being controlled" or "under control" were Black Hole (Dalmorton State Forest), Jacky Bulbin Station (12km east of Whiporie), Hortons (in Sheas Nob State Forest), Corymbia Crown Reserve Dilkoon (Kahn Rod Gurranang), and Marengo Rd west of the Harden Rd intersection.

Today's total fire ban has been lifted.



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