Damage from fires at Wardell.
Damage from fires at Wardell. Amber Gibson

Fires continue to burn across the Northern Rivers

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WHAT WE KNOW:

  • Nightcap National Park: Watch & Act, out of control 
  • Bora Ridge fire: Watch & Act, two homes lost, 4 suffering smoke inhalation
  • Wardell fire: Advice level
  • Torrington fire: out of control

UPDATE 7.26pm: THE Mt Nardi fire has been downgraded to Watch & Act, but is still burning out of control.

The fire is burning in a south-westerly direction towards Tuntable Falls Road.

Fire activity has eased and firefighters continue working to slow the spread of the fire.

Advice

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.

If you are in the area of Tuntable Falls, leave towards Nimbin.

If you are in the area of Terania Creek Road and Terania Creek, leave towards The Channon.

An evacuation centre has been opened at Nimbin Showground.

Rummery Park campground is closed.

Other Information

If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
If you live in the area but are away from home, it may not be safe to return to your property.
For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.
The next update on this fire will be issued by 09/11/2019 21:15 or if the situation changes.

 

 

UPDATE 7.16pm: THE secretary of the Lismore Showground said the showground was open for free camping for people evacuated from fires burning at The Channon, Terania Creek, Tuntable Ck, or Nimbin because of the fires.

Mark Bailey posted on the Lismore Helping Hands site that there are showers and toilets and powered sites available.

Room is also available for horses and pets.

Call him on 66215916 for 24 hour access.

 

UPDATE 4.38pm: THE Channon Markets have been cancelled tomorrow due to a fire burning at Terania Creek.

The fire is at Emergency warning level and residents at Tuntable Falls and Terania Ck have been advised to leave the area.

 

UPDATE 2.51pm: AN EMERGENCY warning is in place for a bush fire burning in the Mount Nardi, Nightcap National Park area. The fire is spreading and is not under control.

Current Situation

A fire is burning in the Mount Nardi National Park.

The fire is burning in a south-westerly direction towards Tuntable Falls Road.

Advice

If you are in the area of Tuntable Falls, leave now towards Nimbin.

If you are in the area of Terania Creek Road and Terania Creek, leave now towards The Channon.

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.

Rummery Park campground is closed.

Richmond Police District said the fires at Mt Nardi and Tuntable Creek were now their biggest concern. The Nimbin evacuation centre is open.

Bora Ridge fires have broken containment lines to the east and west and the fire is spotting around Benauds Road.

Power is back on at Cabbage Tree Island. Myall Creek still has fires but they hope to get power back on today.

Local National Parks will be closed for a week or so. Watch their Facebook sites for updates on when they open again.

Large parts of the New England and Pacific Highway are closed.

Nimbin RFS posted to their Facebook page that fresh aviation imaging shows the fire has progressed east as far as Huonbrook.

"Westward progression has been slow, however this may change as the wind shifts to a southeasterly. Dense smoke is restricting much of their vision to the fireground".

"Where access permits, the fire remains east of Wallace Rd, however it has crossed the Nicholson Trail containment and will likely continue south and then west when the wind changes. Brigades are preparing to bug out of the southwestern sector to a safe distance.

"Again, we ask residents along Tuntable Creek Rd and within the Terania Creek and Tuntable Valleys to monitor conditions, activate their Bushfire Survival Plans and follow the telecommunication advice as it comes to hand."

 

UPDATE 2.24pm: RFS Northern Zone Superintendent Michael Brett said while the fire burning at Mt Nardi was at Watch & Act level, they were not yet evacuating people.

He said an evacuation centre was in place if people chose to leave.

He said Large air tankers were now working on the fire, helping to put in containment line and to protect assets.

Television and radio transmission towers, as well as properties are assets being protected.

 

UPDATE 2.08pm: RICHMOND Police District has advised fires are close to Wallace Road. If you live there you should consider activating your fire plan now.

If you choose to evacuate you can go to the evacuation centre at Nimbin Showgrounds. Anybody in the are who wants to activate their fire plan is more than welcome to go to Nimbin Showgrounds.

 

UPDATE 1.49pm: A bush fire burning at Mt Nardi has been elevated to Watch & Act status.

The fire in the Nigtcap National Park has burned more 2200 hectares in size and is out of control.

Under these conditions, fires can be difficult to control. Embers may be blown ahead of the fire, creating spot fires. These spot fires may threaten your home earlier than the predicted main fire front.

Advice

If you are in the area of Terania Creek, Tuntable Creek and Huonbrook in the vicinity of McPhails Road, 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.

Rummery Park campground is closed.

Other Information

If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
If you live in the area but are away from home, it may not be safe to return to your property.
For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.
The next update on this fire will be issued by 09/11/2019 15:20 or if the situation changes.

If you are in the area of Terania Creek, Tuntable Creek and Huonbrook in the vicinity of McPhails Road, 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.

Rummery Park campground is closed.

Other Information

If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
If you live in the area but are away from home, it may not be safe to return to your property.
For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.
The next update on this fire will be issued by 09/11/2019 15:20 or if the situation changes.

 

UPDATE 1.32pm: POLICE are urging people to let loved ones know they are safe, saying anumber of people remain unaccounted for in the New England region.

It is confirmed two people died in fires at Diehard, 50km east of Glen innes.

Police have begun an investigation on behalf of the Coroner after a body was found in a burnt-out vehicle today, in the Diehard area.

Earlier today, police were advised a woman - who was found severely burned at property on Old Grafton Road at Diehard about 7pm yesterday (Friday 8 November 2019) - has now died in Concord Hospital.

State Emergency Operational Controller (SEOCON), Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys, said a number of people remain unaccounted for in the New England area.

He urged anyone in bushfire-affected areas to let their loved ones know they're ok by registering online with Register.Find.Reunite. website https://register.redcross.org.au/.

The Public Information and Inquiry Centre remains open on 1800 227 228.

Residents within the impacted areas are urged to continue monitoring emergency websites including https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/ their local radio stations, and the NSW Police Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/nswpoliceforce/.

 

UPDATE 1.01pm: EVACUATION points have been set up at the following locations:

 

  • Coraki Bowling Club
  • Richmond Rooms Ballina
  • Nimbin Showground, being set up
  • Glen Innes Showground
  • Grafton Community Centre

 

UPDATE 12.23pm: POLICE are advising residents of Terania Creek they may want to self-evacuate due to fire danger.

Richmond Police advise an evacuation centre is being established at Nimbin Showgrounds for residents and stock. You can bring you own camping equipment if you wish.

Nimbin Rural Fire Brigade have posted an update to the Mt Nardi fire.

The post said the fire has progressed slowly westward but no immediate threat to Tuntable Valley, however the fire is within upper Terania Creek valley. Brigades are in attendance there.

Where there is access, brigades are working the southeastern edges preparing hand tool lines and supporting a NPWS dozer to consolidate Nicholson's Trail and Tuntable Falls Trail. The immediate priorities are to protect homes in the Terania Creek valley, stop fire moving west and southeast of Wallace Rd/ Nicholson's Trail and provide tanker access to the southern fire flank.

The post said the north and western edge of the fire has moved slowly yet remains inaccessible, as is the northeastern edge. A smaller (but not insignificant) fire north of Bat Cave Creek/ east of Protester Falls also remains inaccessible.

Aviation support has commenced firefighting and mapping operations across the fireground.

Volunteers are at Nimbin station. 

Police fire update:

  • Myall Creek - crews are on the ground and two choppers are dropping water.
  • Cabbage Tree Island - hopefully the power will be back on by mid-afternoon.
  • Nightcap - this fire is spreading. Locals should listen to radio and watch https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/.

At midday there were 81 fires burning across NSW with 43 uncontained. Two fires remain at Emergency Warning and a further 14 at Watch and Act.

Following significant and extremely dangerous fire activity yesterday and overnight, at least 100 homes were lost. This number is expected to increase. There have also been two people confirmed dead and seven still unaccounted for. People looking to get in contact with family and friends should use the Red Cross Register.Find.Reunite. service.

Crews are working today to clear fallen trees and make areas safe. We are working to get people back into their homes and properties, though this going to take some time.

 

UPDATE 10.41am: RICHMOND Police District's Senior Constable David Henderson confirmed two homes were destroyed along with a number of sheds and out buildings in the Bora Ridge fire yesterday.

A bridge has also been destroyed at Bora and Codrington Road.

He said four people were taken to hospial for smoke inhalation, but "locally there have been no deaths and there are no missing people. Sadly there was a death near Glen Innes".

A 'Section 44 Bushfire Emergency' has been declared for Richmond Valley, Lismore, Kyogle, Byron Bay, Ballina and Tweed Valley Local Government areas. A Total Fire Ban is in place.

The police district updated the situation for the following localities:

MYALL CREEK: It is not safe for residents for return as houses are unsafe, roads are damaged and there are falling and burning trees. Richmond Valley Council will update their Facebook site when it is safe to return.

CABBAGE TREE ISLAND has been evacuated. Essential Energy are working hard to get the power poles back up.

He said: "Police had issues with people going to fire zones in order to take selfies and have a sticky-beak. If you have no genuine reason to be around a fire zone can you please stay away and let the victims and emergency services do their jobs without distractions".

Police, RFS, and representatives from councils, Essential Energy, Fire + Rescue, RMS, FACS and Health and other agencies will be out there combating the fires and doing their best to restore normality.

 

Original story: FOUR people have been taken to hospital with smoke inhalation from the Bora Ridge fire.

RFS Northern Zone Superintendent Michael Brett said two fire fighters were taken to hospital by ambulance for assessment, and were released last night.

He said two residents were overcome by smoke and were taken to hospital for treatment.

Supt Brett said at least two homes and some sheds were lost in the blaze, but the situation would be further looked at today.

The fire at Bora Ridge continues to burn out of control, but crews and machinery are working today to put in containment lines.

Supt Brett said the Wardell fire broke containment lines yesterday.

He said favourable wind conditions today would allow firefighters to continue the hard work, putting in back burns and bringing in machinery to put in containment lines. 

He said it was thought the fire at Wardell was a reignition of a fire that started a few weeks ago by lightning strike.

A fire burning in accessible rugged terrain in Nightcap National Park is causing concern.

Supt Brett said the fire was large and was burning in three local government areas.

Fire crews and machinery were also working to put in containment lines.

He said they were mindful of putting in backburns though given the terrain as it would just add more fire to the landscape.

They may have to let they fire burn until it is in an area where firefighters could fight it.

Supt Brett said it was believed the blaze was caused by a re-ignition of a fire burning in the area seven weeks ago that had continued to smoulder.

He urged communities, including Terania Creek, The Channnon, Tuntable Creek, Huonbrook and surrounds to monitor the RFS websites and to heed warnings.

Current situation

A bush fire burning in the area of Myall Creek Rd, Bora Ridge. The fire is over 790 hectares and is out of control.

The fire is burning near Myall Creek Road at Bora Ridge.

The fire is burned quickly through Friday in a south-easterly direction towards the Bungawalbin-Whiporie Road.

Overnight a southerly change pushed the fire in a northerly direction towards Sandy Creek.

Although conditions have eased there is still a threat to properties in the area.

Advice

If you are in the area of Myall Creek Road and the Bungawalbin-Whiporie Road at Bora Ridge, it is too late to leave. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire by sheltering in a solid structure.


A bush fire is burning in the Gulf Road, Torrington area. The fire has burnt more than 35,090 hectares and is out of control.

Current Situation

The fire is currently impacting Torrington, Stannum and Silent Grove Road at multiple locations.

The fire moved east towards Pyes Creek and Clive throughout Friday. A southerly change moved across the fireground into the evening moving the fire in a more northerly direction and easing fire activity.

Firefighters continue protecting properties in the area and working to slow the spread of the fire.

Advice

If you are in the areas of Torrington, Stannum, Silent Grove, Wolfram Hill, Tungsten, Maids Valley and Mole River check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and prepare for a bush fire in your area.

If your plan is to leave, or you are not prepared, leave early if the path is clear.

Posted: 2019-11-09 08:45
A bush fire is burning in the Gulf Road, Torrington area. The fire has burnt more than 35,090 hectares and is out of control.