TWEED Heads was engulfed in smoke yesterday as a blaze suspected of being lit by an arsonist raged along the western side of Le
TWEED Heads was engulfed in smoke yesterday as a blaze suspected of being lit by an arsonist raged along the western side of Le

Letitia Spit flares again

By PETER CATON

VOLUNTEER firefighters yesterday had to bring under control a fierce bushfire near Fingal for the second time in several days after it was apparently deliberately re-lit.

The blaze on Letitia Spit had been brought under control late on Thursday and Tweed's rural fire service volunteers were continuing to monitor the fire when it suddenly flared again yesterday morning.

At the back of the Tweed Valley, another fire which had been brought under control at Byrrill Creek also flared again, fanned by strong winds and high temperatures.

The resurgence of the blazes came despite the imposition of total fire bans for the North Coast from Saturday.

Both blazes were being held within earlier established containment lines.

Cudgen Rural Fire Service volunteers fighting the blaze near Fingal said it appeared to have been re-lit 200 to 300 metres from the end of the bitumen on the Letitia Spit Road about 10.45am.

The area has recently become an increasing problem for the owners, the Tweed Byron Aboriginal Land Council, who, along with Tweed Shire Council, have been concerned about public access and the dumping of old cars.

It is understood the two authorities have even considered fencing sides of the road.



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