Crystal Spencer

Fires still smouldering

FIRES have continued to burn today in the Tweed Coast “explosive” bushland.

More than 120 hectares of National Park land was left charred by a series of suspicious bushfires that started on Sunday.

Rural Fire Service group captain Mark Eglington said the area’s biggest blaze flared up again this morning at Cabarita.

“It’s still burning pretty intensely in the centre of it,” he said.

“We had a flame jump over a containment line we put in on Sunday.

“The dry timber is ready to explode.”

The cause of the fires is still under investigation by Tweed Police.

Cpt Eglington said the Cabarita fire was smouldering and would continue to burn until the area received a heavy rainfall.

“We just completed another back burn along the Tweed Coast Road.

“We’re strengthening our containment lines and trying to keep the fire in them.

“It’s just a case of controlling and mopping up as we go.

“We’ve been working very closely with National Parks.”

The fire is on the north side of Cabarita, Cpt Eglington said.

“There’s still a lot of smoke in Cabarita and will be until we get a good rainfall.

“Our guys went through hell last night (Sunday) with the smoke.

Nearby residents chose to evacuate their homes on Sunday night.

“We said if you’re worried you can get out and that was their choice,” Cpt Eglington said.

Cpt Eglington said a highlight on Sunday was when they saved a mother koala and her baby.

“When we approached them the mother ran further up the tree so we had to get a chainsaw and slowly fell the branch.

“One of the guys caught the koalas. It was nice for everyone.”

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