Backburning at Cabarita behind Tamarind.
Backburning at Cabarita behind Tamarind.

Firies battle suspicious blazes

FIREFIGHTERS will work late into tonight to contain a blaze in Cabarita Beach bushland which was one of five suspicious fires that burned along the Tweed Coast today.

Tweed Rural Fire Service units were forced to co-ordinate the fight against two separate fire fronts simultaneously, after bushland south of Pottsville erupted in flames about 3.30pm, just half an hour after the Cabarita blaze began.

RFS Superintendent David Cook, manager of the Far North Coast region, said it would take a few days for the Cabarita fire to burn out and after that investigators would move in.

“We will be investigating these fires, there were numerous ignition points and some time delay between them, so all will be investigated,” Supt Cook said.

He said should it be an arsonist, the culprit was new on the scene.

“We haven’t experienced anything quite like this for some time.”

Sections of Tamarind Street were closed and holiday makers were evacuated from the Tamarind Sands Resort yesterday afternoon as the flames moved within metres of property.




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