Emergency services workers monitor a grass fire on Tweed Coast Road yesterday.
Emergency services workers monitor a grass fire on Tweed Coast Road yesterday. Crystal Spencer/Tweed Daily News

Houses saved from scrub and grass fire

SMOKE from a Cudgen grass fire billowed at least 100 metres into the air yesterday afternoon after a roadside fire engulfed the nearby area.

It is believed scrub and grass ignited next to Tweed Coast Road about 1.30pm which then spread to nearby disused farmland.

North Coast Rural Fire Service superintendent Dave Cook said six units from Cudgen, Tweed Coast, Bilambil and Burringbar attended the blaze.

“There was a quick response and a big effort from all the units,” Supt Cook said.

“Nearby houses would have been under threat if it weren't for the response time.”

The fire was around Plantation Road and Tweed Coast Road.

Supt Cook last night said the cause of the fire was unknown. “A fire investigator will inspect the area later,” he said.

Rural firefighters began backburning in nearby areas to reduce the fuel after the fire broke out.

The blaze was contained about 6pm last night.

“There was a bit of smoke around but no need for anyone to be concerned,” Supt Cook said.

Tweed Coast Road was closed between Cudgen Road and Casuarina Way about 2.10pm. Traffic was diverted through Kingscliff and Salt.

“It was done mostly due to low visibility due to the smoke,” Supt Cook said.

The road reopened about 6.30pm.



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