Smoke from Anderson Street in East Ballina.
Smoke from Anderson Street in East Ballina. Marc Stapelberg

East Ballina fire may smoulder for days

MONDAY 1.40pm: Fire & Rescue NSW Ballina zone officer and incident controller Inspector Phil Sheedy said the bushfire at East Ballina could continue to burn for days due to the peat-like conditions underfoot.

He said the fire first ignited in the old golf course bush reserve at about 3.30am this morning, and due to inaccessible terrain, firefighters monitored the situation to ensure houses were safe.

As fire moved closer to homes, Insp Sheedy said the firefighters, together with their RFS counterparts, took the opportunity to do a control burn to take out the bushfire.

He said the fire may continue to smoulder due to the large tract of bushland and peat-like conditions underfoot.

Ballina bushfire under control: FIRE crews have worked to control an East Ballina bushfire.
Ballina bushfire under control: FIRE crews have worked to control an East Ballina bushfire.

MONDAY 10.44am: FIRE fighters at East Ballina have control of a bushfire near Anderson Street.

Fire & Rescue NSW Ballina zone officer and incident controller Inspector Phil Sheedy said the fire that started in bush in the early hours of this morning, is now under control.

He said now the fire was contained, crews were using the opportunity to control burn the area in preparation for summer.

Residents are asked not to be alarmed.

MONDAY 9.25am: FIRE crews from three agencies have been monitoring a bushfire in East Ballina since 4am today.

Fire crews monitoring a bushfire at East Ballina.
Fire crews monitoring a bushfire at East Ballina. Marc Stapelberg

NSW Fire & Rescue superintendent Steve Hirst said crews from Rural Fire Service and council have joined Fire & Rescue firefighters at the incident which back onto the Ballina Golf Club.

Fire crews monitoring a bushfire at East Ballina.
Fire crews monitoring a bushfire at East Ballina. Marc Stapelberg

"The bushfire is behind the golf links and four crews including from Brunswick Heads and Ballina are currently monitoring the incident," he said.

"One crew had been there since 4am."

Sup Hirst said crews plus tankers and BA  support are working from a staging area near the corner of Lee St and Links St

"Our fire crews are working in conjunction with council and RFS," he said.

"NSW Fire & Rescue duty commander Phil Sheedy is the incident controller."

Sup Hirst said residents should be alert.

"Avoid the area, stay out of smoke and monitor the Fires Near me app," he said.

 

 

MONDAY 9.16am: THE Rural Fire Service has confirmed crews are on their way to a bushfire near Anderson Road, East Ballina.

Please avoid the area.