A total fire ban is place for Monday, December 16.
A total fire ban is place for Monday, December 16.

WATCH & ACT: Warnings increase for Northern Rivers fires

WHAT WE KNOW:

  • MYALL CK RD FIRE: Watch & Act
  • BANGALA CK FIRE: Watch & Act
  • ROAD CLOSED: Tabulam to Lower Duck Ck, Hootens Rd and Paddys Flat Rd between Clarence Way and the Bruxner Highway.

 

UPDATE 2.44pm: THE bushfire burning at Myall Creek Road, Bora Ridge area has been elevated to Watch & Act.

The fire is currently 121,000 hectares in size and is out of control.

There is increasing fire activity in the Tullymorgan Road, Tullymorgan and Ashby area.

To the north the fire is burning towards the Coraki Ellangowan Road near Bora Ridge.

To the south the fire is burning in a south-easterly direction towards the Bungawalbin-Whiporie Road in the Yarringully State Conservation Area.

The Bangala Creek bushfire north of Drake was elevated to a Watch & Act advice level earlier this afternoon.

Advice

If you are in the area of Tullymorgan Road, Tullymorgan and Ashby, monitor conditions.

If you are in the areas of Paddys Flat, Pretty Gully, Main Camp Road, Upper Tooloom and Rivertree, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire approaches.

Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

Follow your bush fire survival plan.

If you are threatened by fire

 

UPDATE 2.25pm: A RURAL Fire Service spokeswoman said a shed and farm machinery have been lost at a fire north of Old Bonalbo this afternoon.

She said a structure fire at Clarence Way, Bean Creek was unable to be extinguished until it was too late to save.

"The shed fire has now been wrapped up by our crews," she said.

"Unfortunately we lost a shed and at tractor from this fire."

The RFS is currently investigating the cause of this fire which was a separate ignition to the nearby bushfires, she said,
"We don't know the cause but it will be investigated as per normal," she said.

The raising of the Bangala Creek Fire to Watch & Act means residents need to put their Bushfire Survival Plans into action.

"We have seen a number of spot-overs due to the southerly wind change moving its way up the coast," she said.

"Wind gusts are predicted to get to up to 60kmh and we expect this fire to continue to burn throughout the afternoon and residents in the Rivertree area need to put their Bushfire Survival Plans into action."

South at the Myall Creek Road Fire, firefighters are back at the Ashby-Tullymorgan Road area.

"We have crews responding into the area as we have reports of fires crowning again under the southerly winds," the RFS Spokeswoman said.

"Residents need to stay alert and informed."

Meanwhile, closer to the coast, a mulch pile at Rifle Range Rd, Broadwater which started on Sunday, flared up but is being brought under control by Fire & Rescue crews, she said.

"The fire started on Sunday and came into some bush areas, we have Fire & Rescue crews flooding the area to prevent reignitions."

At Walsh Lane at East Wardell a fire is believed to have been started by machinery.

"The fire spread into cane fields, but has been controlled by aviation support and ground crews have controlled this fire in the sugar cane," she said.

"Tuesday may offer a breather to firefighters, but the weather is expected to determinate again on Wednesday."

 

UPDATE, 1.40pm: THE Bangala Creek bushfire north of Drake has been elevated to a Watch & Act advice level this afternoon.

A Rural Fire Service spokesperson said fire activity is increasing across the fireground.

"Increased activity is expected this afternoon in the areas of Paddys Flat, Rivertree and Upper Tooloom," the spokesperson said.

"Firefighters supported by water bombing aircraft are working on flare up and to protect properties as required.

"The temperature will heat up into the afternoon with strong south easterly winds and very low relative humidity.

"In the east, the fire is within containment lines in the area of Hootons Road, west of Sugarloaf Mountain.

"If do not have a plan, discuss with your family what you will do if you are threatened by fire. Leaving early is the safest option."

Advice

  • If you are in the areas of Paddys Flat, Pretty Gully, Main Camp Road, Upper Tooloom and Rivertree, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire approaches.
  • If your plan is to leave, leaving early is the safest option.
  • If you are threatened by fire
  • Do not be in the path of the fire.
  • Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. Wear protective clothing and footwear. Cover all exposed skin.
  • If the fire impacts, seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000).
  • If you are in an area that has already been affected by fire, there may be small areas of active fire burning for some time. Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.

 

Original story: THE Rural Fire Service has warned that a total fire ban is in place for the Far North Coast area today.

Temperatures across the Northern Rivers will be in the high 30s today, with Casino tipped to reach 39 degrees and Lismore to swelter at 36 degrees.

A spokesperson from the NSW RFS Northern Rivers Zone said they had a busy day yesterday.

"We've said goodbye to a number of Incident Management Personnel from South Australia and to ground crews from New Zealand," they said.

"We've welcomed in fresh IMT crew from South Australia and a change over of support personnel from the Australian Defence Force.

"There are numerous firefighters still working on fire grounds around the area, who hail from across Australia with expectations that more crews will likely be arriving in the coming days and weeks.

"Aerial fire fighting operations continue, with four fixed wing and four rotary aircraft operating out of the airstrip at Casino.

"Tomorrow (Monday) is a Total Fire Ban with a forecast of high temperatures and strong south easterly winds.

"Stay up to date and know what you will do if a fire threatens."