Praise for fire fighting efforts

FIREFIGHTERS are being praised for their efforts in stopping two large bushfires which have been burning for a week.

Rural Fire Service operations officer Bob Wilcox yesterday said they had contained the two fires – one west of Cabarita and the other on the Pinnacle, part of the Border Ranges.

“The crews are just mopping up and blacking out the fires,” he said.

“Everything still burning is within the burn area.

“It’s good from our point of view.”

More than 700 hectares of the Cudgen Nature Reserve and private property has been ravaged by one fire and almost 500 hectares at the Pinnacle has been burnt.

“It was sheer firefighter effort that put these fires out,” Mr Wilcox said.

“It was very hard work and they did a very good job and should be congratulated for it.”

The fires are believed to have started from lightning strikes last Saturday night.

“We’re going to continue to monitor them over the next week or two and if needed we’ll act.”

Clothiers Creek Road, which has been closed since Monday, was expected to be reopened today.

The RFS now have sent crews to fires in the Richmond Valley.



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