Up in smoke
FIREFIGHTING resources were stretched to the limit yesterday as brigades battled blazes both on the coast and in the Tweed Valley.
Smoke and flames engulfed parts of Fingal peninsula, from a fire believed to have been deliberately lit, while 11 tankers had to be rushed to Byrrill Creek, south-west of Murwillumbah, to confront angry blazes which were still burning last night.
Some Fingal residents had to be evacuated and police will investigate the cause of the fire today. Once firefighters had the blaze under control, they were immediately redeployed further south to Bogangar and Cudgen.
Authorities immediately suspended all fire permits until further notice and local firefighters urged people to heed fire warnings, with scorching temperatures and high winds forecast this weekend.