Bushfires force evacuations
BUSHFIRES forced evacuations of homes at Tanglewood yesterday afternoon.
The Rural Fire Service was restricting access into Clothiers Creek Road and around Tanglewood after a bushfire firefighters had been fighting since Saturday jumped the road, service operations officer Bob Wilcox said.
“There’s a lot of fire activity in the area and a lot of units working in there,” Mr Wilcox said.
“We’ve restricted access so our trucks can move about without running the risk of hitting anyone.
“It’s for the safety of everyone.”
The bushfire has burnt more than 300 hectares of the Cudgen Nature Reserve, north of Cabarita and west of the Tweed Coast Road.
“It’s made a big run today (Monday) due to strong winds,” Mr Wilcox said.
“It’s warm and very windy and that’s when you get problems.
“It was caused by a lightning strike, we believe.”
The service was working yesterday afternoon to maintain the blaze and ensure the protection of nearby houses.
“We’re still trying to get in containment lines.
“There are a few houses with fire units around but they’re not directly impacted.”
The crews will get a well-deserved break today from firefighters in the northern region.
“The extra resources will help a lot with management and crews on the ground,” Mr Wilcox said
The fire is one of two to have burnt in the same area, near Camp Wollumbin, in the past two weeks, he said.
“It’ll burn back into the area that was burnt before.
“It (the previous fire) will make it easier to maintain around Cabarita.”
Meanwhile, a bushfire that also started on Saturday continued to burn in the national park on the Pinnacle, part of the Border Ranges.
“The one up on the Pinnacle, west of Tyalgum, is in inaccessible country and will be for a day or two before anyone can get to it,” Mr Wilcox said.
“No houses are threatened.”