Bushfire poses threat to homes

FIREFIGHTERS were on high alert Sunday afternoon as a fire burned close to several homes at Salt, south of Kingscliff.

Fortunately no property was damaged in the fire, which razed 12 hectares of bushland near Cathedral Court.

Senior firefighter Steve Purcell said Fire and Rescue New South Wales crews from Kingscliff and Tweed Heads and three Rural Fire Service brigades fought the blaze for seven hours.

“They got the first call for a bushfire about 2.20pm (DST) Sunday,” Mr Purcell said.

“A shifting wind about 3pm saw the fire come about 30 metres from properties.

“About 4.30pm they commenced a back burn and by 6pm that sector had been back-burned and extinguished.”

Mr Purcell said about 8pm they had another call for a small re-ignition on Casuarina Way between Kingscliff and Salt.

“The fire was extinguished about 9.30pm,” he said.

“The cause does not appear to be suspicious.

“There's still a fair bit of smoke down here this morning," he said yesterday.

“We're expecting to get called out because people are cautious.”

Casuarina Way was closed for several hours.



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