RFS volunteers worked hard to contain the blaze yesterday afternoon.
RFS volunteers worked hard to contain the blaze yesterday afternoon. Blainey Woodham

Fires still burn across the Tweed, no threat to houses

Updated, 9.46am: Two fires are still burning in the Tweed.  

Far North Coast coordinator of operational services Inspector Matt Inwood said the major fire at Clothiers Creek Rd was being controlled after a hard night of work by dedicated volunteers.  

"Crews worked through the night to back burn the fire into containment lines," he said.  

"It's taken until now (9.40am) to contain it."  

He said no houses in the area are at risk.   

Throughout the late afternoon and night RFS crews battled with high winds to contain the blaze.  

In 2009 the same spot also saw a devastating fire sweep through.   

Insp Inwood said there were four large spot over fires that crews quickly contained.  

About 20ha of property has been burnt and there's no telling when it will be completely put out.  

Insp Inwood said weather conditions today would see temperatures rise to the mid 20s and "winds right around the clock".  

"With the strong winds out crews will remain vigilant," he said.  

About 20 volunteers worked throughout the night and seven are on scene now.

Official will attempt to identify the cause of the fire during an investigation today. 

The volunteer crews have also been kept busy trying to contain a fire at The Rock on Eviron Rd.

Insp Inwood said the rock fire  had been burning for two days and was originally unreachable by the crews, but this morning crews climbed the rock with hand tools and set up a containment line.  

"We've also had a helicopter up there to do a couple of water bombings," he said.  

The containment line was set up to make sure no embers fall to two properties below and nearby cane fields.

Insp Inwood said it wouldn't have been possible without the volunteers.  

'I just want to say a big thank you to our volunteers," he said.  

"They did a great job to get the fires contained," he said.  

To keep up to date visit http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Updated, 6.51pm: An update on the RFS website said there is also a fire at "The Rock/Dinsey's Rock" on Eviron Rd.

The RFS  update said the fire is out of control and reaching a size of 2 hectares.

It was last updated at 5.30pm this evening.

Updated, 4.40pm: Tweed-Byron Police have put out an official warning.

Police warned motorists travelling east on Clothiers Creek Rd are now being forced to find alternative routes.

An out of control fire is being tackled by Rural Fire Service crews.
An out of control fire is being tackled by Rural Fire Service crews.

Police said Clothiers Creek Road off-ramp (east bound) from the Pacific Highway to Watty Bishop Road has been closed.  

RFS Units are at the scene and are being supported by a water bombing helicopter that's attempting to bring the fire under control.  

Police said they expected the section of road would remain closed for the next two hours and no traffic will be able to travel east along Clothiers Creek Road to Watty Bishop Road.  

Initial report, 3.15pm: EMERGENCY services are tackling a large out of control grass fire at Clothiers Creek Rd, Tanglewood Flat, near Cudgen.

Rural Fire Service fire controller Dave Cook said the fire was adjacent to the Pacific Hwy.

"We dont know how it broke out but we're trying to control it," he said.

Six fire trucks and two helicopters are at the scene.

Fire services are back burning to control the blaze, but winds are picking up quickly.

Helicopters have been dumping water on the fire and police are at the scene.

Highway entries to Clothiers Creek Rd are blocked and motorists should seek alternate routes.

Updates to come.



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