Lennox Head Fire Station posted this photo early Friday afternoon.
Lennox Head Fire Station posted this photo early Friday afternoon.

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UPDATE, 8.30pm:

AT LEAST 33 properties are located on the boundaries of the fire just north of Lennox Head, on Saturday night.

Rural Fire Service volunteers have been working hard to keep the fire contained for the last eight days.

Conditions are changing rapidly at the site, with 473 hectares smouldering and 254 hectares of core fire area.

Strong northerly winds, hot weather and wetlands in the bush fire area (where back burning is not possible) mean the bush fire may expand.

Firefighters have assigned extra crews to fight sudden break outs.

Smoke will remain highly visible on Sunday.

Residents in the area are advised to monitor conditions.

Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes. Leaving early is your safest option.

Residents are urged to adhere to any road closure notices and bush fire warnings on the RFS website.

The cause of the bush fire is being treated as suspicious by police.


UPDATE, 4.30pm:


FAR North Coast Rural Fire Service Superintendent David Cook, who started at half past five this morning, said firefighters are continuing to battle a bush fire near Lennox Head this afternoon.

A crew changeover had just taken place with seven fire trucks, 24 fire fighters and two helicopters now tasked to keep contained the fire which has expanded 17 hectares overnight, to a total of 473 hectares.

"Our guys, their morale is still pretty high, because its their area and they want to put it out, they're putting in the extra hard yards," Supt Cook said.

"No houses are in danger at present; there were houses in danger last night, but hard work by the crews prevented that fire from expanding."

Now in its eight day, the fire has become active again due to hot weather and strong northerly winds.

The fire is burning internally within the containment lines.

Moment ago firefighters extinguished a small blaze at Coopers Close, off Ross Lane, which was still smouldering this morning from fires yesterday. 

"Today that area turned into flame again, and we recognised that straight away and put it out, it's now under control, and that's what we're hoping to do - identify those hot spots and deal with them immediately," Supt Cook said.

Ballina Shire Council has advised Ross Lane has been re-opened.

Motorists are asked to proceed with caution, as visibility may be affected due to bushfire smoke.

Those who can avoid the area should use alternate routes.

A Go Fund Me fundraising account has been launched by Debbie Smith of Lennox Head to assist the RFS, raising $640 in four hours.

Donate at: https://www.gofundme.com/support-our-lennox-head-firies


UPDATE, 11am:

BALLINA Shire Council has closed several roads as Rural Fire Service crews and community helper volunteers continue to battle a blaze just north of Lennox Head.

The following roads are affected by the bushfire that is currently "being controlled" by RFS crews with the help of a water airbomber.

- Ross Lane is closed from Coast Road
- Ross Lane is open from Highway to Figtree Hill
- Figtree Hill is open to residents only (must show drivers licence with address to access)
- Motorists cannot access the Pacific Highway, via Ross Lane, from the Coast Road
- Coast Road is open between Ballina and Byron; and
- Alternate route is available to head either north or south through Ballina and onto the highway.

Further update to be provided about 3.45pm.


MORE Rural Fire Service resources are being sent to battle a blaze north of Lennox Head, a week after the bushfire started.

The 456 hectare fire, which briefly broke containment lines last night is currently at Advice Level, with the RFS expecting a waterbomber to arrive 9.30am Saturday.

RFS spokesperson Matt Reeves said residents in the Byron Bay area should pay attention to what what is going on, report spot fire on 000 and keep up to date with any developments.

"We had firefighters on the scene throughout the night monitoring the fire and strengthening containment lines.

"The fire is burning in difficult terrain, on swampy wetland, so it's very difficult to access the fire itself so RFS is sending an additional water bomber today to help crews contain that fire.

"Their likely to do some backburning in the area, so there will be extra smoke coming from the area today."

Today the crew includes four RFS firetrucks around 20 firefighters.

More updates to come.

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