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Increasing winds worry firies

UPDATE, 3.15pm: Increasing winds have helped reignite the bushfire that burnt out 50 hectares at Tuntable Creek yesterday.

Northern Rivers Rural Fire Service RFS operations officer Daniel Ainsworth said the fire reignited at about 2.45pm and is burning back on the area that was burned last night.

Mr Ainsworth said the fire is burning the remaining low lying fuel in the area, as yesterday's blaze had burned all the higher trees and vegetation.

RFS brigades from Nimbin and The Channon were called to fight the fire which is burning on a ridge in the area of Rose Rd and Tuntable Creek Rd.
 

UPDATE, 1.30pm: Firefighters continue to patrol a fire at Tuntable Creek that  threatened 10 houses last night.

A 50m pocket of bush was burnt out by the fire near Tuntable Creek Road and Rose Road.

Lismore councillor Greg Bennett,  whose property adjoined where the fire burned,  has been assisting  Rural Fire Service fire fighters by using his tractor equipped with water tanker to put out remaining stump fires in accessible areas.

Mr Bennett has also been allowing RFS crews to refill their tankers from a tank on his 20 hectares macadamia property.

Winds are currently increasing and  firefighters are worried remaining spot fires could spread. 

Volunteers from The Channon Rural Fire Service brigade pictured on Greg Bennett's property on November 14.
Volunteers from The Channon Rural Fire Service brigade pictured on Greg Bennett's property on November 14.

UPDATE, 10.20am: A WATER bomber is on standby at Casino if a bushfire that started near Nimbin yesterday afternoon escapes containment lines today.

Northern Rivers Rural Fire Service operations officer Daniel Ainsworth said the fire was contained last night but with today's temperature predicted to reach the mid 30's crews are on the ground ready to battle any outbreaks.

"Today we will be doing some aggressive patrolling just to make sure everything is okay," he said.

It's going to be quite warm, 36 degrees and the humidity is predicted to get down to about 17%.

Mr Ainsworth said investigations into the cause of the fire, which burnt about 50 hectares of bush and threatened 10 homes, were underway but at this stage it is not suspicious.

"There are no reports that is has been deliberately lit and permits were allowed out so we will be investigating if any landowners had been issued permits in the Rose Rd, Tuntable Creek Rd area," he said.

"If we find that a fire has escaped someone with a permit or they have lit a fire without a permit they are given a warning letter, or if it's significant or they are deliberately malicious we can go straight to issuing an infringement notice."

The penalty for lighting a fire without a permit is $1100.


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8am: FIRE crews had to scramble to save houses in the Tuntable Creek area yesterday as fire closed to within 10m of properties at some stages.

The fire burnt out 50 hectares in rough terrain between Rose Road and Tuntable Creek Road.

Crews battled throughout the night to contain the blaze and may have to use aircraft today if the fire is not brought under control.

Flames were visible from the township of Nimbin as the RFS responded to multiple triple-0 calls at about 4pm yesterday.

Northern Rivers Rural Fire Service operations officer Daniel Ainsworth said crews had to immediately go into "property protection" mode as the fire threatened several houses.

"We had firefighters at every one of the houses as fire progressed along the line," he said.

Units from Nimbin, Dunoon, The Channon and Goolmangar responded to the fire alert.

Mr Ainsworth said the same number of firefighters would be on the ground today as a high fire danger was forecast.

Topics:  bushfire



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