UPDATE: Gwydir could be closed again due to bushfire

UPDATE 6PM: Roads and Maritime Services has warned the Gwydir Highway could be closed again tomorrow due to the large bushfire burning near Eatonsville.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has advised that weather conditions on Friday August 17 may increase the risk of fire between Grafton and Glen Innes.

Back burning operations are being carried out overnight, with traffic control in place for the safety of road users.

Roads and Maritime Services asks that road users please follow all signage and directions.

For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

UPDATE 5PM: Some residents along Old Glenn Innes Rd have been told to evacuate in response to the bushfire near Eatonsville which has been burning since yesterday.

The weather isn't looking good for the Clarence Valley this afternoon with winds expected to push a fire burning along the Gwydir Highway towards Old Glen Innes Rd.

Rural Fire Service Clarence Valley acting district manager Helen Dickson said they are working to contain the fire so when the wind hits, they have more chance of controlling it.

"We've got dozers and aircraft dropping water at the moment," she said.

"We're putting all our resources into it currently.

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said this is the Clarence Valley's worst fire weather in almost a year because it's much drier and windier than a normal August.

UPDATE 3PM: WHEN the fire burning in Ramornie ripped through his neighbour's property, Jason Robinson knew it could end in disaster.

Not able to return home for most of the night, Mr Robinson spent the night with family sitting on the highway, watching the bush near his house burn.

When they did return, they were met with a thick blanket of smoke and the scorched ground leading right up to their property.

Read the full story of Mr Robinson's lucky escape here.

UPDATE 1PM: HAPPY Paws Haven is about to be evacuated from its Eatonsville premises as fire crews fear the flames that have already destroyed more than 400 hectares may change direction.

Sally Rogers of Happy Paws Haven nurses a 12-week-old fox terrier cross puppy who was abandoned by his owners at Christmas time.
Sally Rogers of Happy Paws Haven nurses a 12-week-old fox terrier cross puppy who was abandoned by his owners at Christmas time. Adam Hourigan

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UPDATE 11AM: The Transport Management Centre NSW has confirmed the Gwydir Highway has been reopened after an out-of-control grassfire jumped the highway last night.

There is a reduced speed limit of 40km/h in place on the highway as visibility is reduced to smoke in the area.

Motorists are advised to slow down and exercise caution.

Rural Fire Service crews from across the Clarence Valley, as well as Fire and Rescue NSW and Forestry Corporation of NSW firefighters are still on the scene at Eatonsville to establish containment lines on the blaze, which has now burnt around 400ha of bushland.

The blaze remains at around 170ha, and the RFS is advising the fire is still not yet fully contained. Firefighters have been working to slow the spread of the fire overnight and establish containment lines.

Gusty winds today may put containment lines under pressure.

EARLIER: A fire, which threatened several properties at Ramornie, has been contained thanks to the combined efforts of emergency crews.

Glenugie Rural Fire Brigade, along with South Grafton and Grafton Fire and Rescue, Woolgoolga and Forestry firefighters were among the numerous RFS and Fire and Rescue NSW crews that worked together to gain control of the blaze which has destroyed more than 300 hectares.

Glenugie Rural Fire Brigade crews contain the blaze
Glenugie Rural Fire Brigade crews contain the blaze Glenugie Rural Fire Brigade

A spokesperson from NSW Rural Fire Service said firefighters had worked to slow the spread of the fire and establish containment lines overnight.

Crews will return to the area this morning to assess the damage. 

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