Tweed coast blaze a major concern

A BUSHFIRE burning on the edge of Kings Forest is considered a “major concern” by the Rural Fire Service.

Rural Fire Service group captain David Cook said up to 450 hectares of bushland could burn before the fire was under control.

“It is a major concern at the moment,” Capt Cook said yesterday afternoon.

A lightning strike is suspected to have started the blaze about 10pm on Saturday night.

The occupants of one house, at Camp Wollumbin, have been advised their property could come under threat from the fire.

Capt Cook said 30 firefighters had worked since 6am yesterday morning setting up containment lines to control the blaze.

Two fire trucks from Bilambil, one from Cudgen and another from the Tweed Coast brigades were on the scene yesterday.

A fresh group of firefighters took over about 5.30pm yesterday to monitor the situation overnight.

Capt Cook said the fire would take its own course today as peat continued to smoulder.

He said a decision would be made early this morning about what the next step in fighting the fire would be.

“It is just a wait and see game at the moment,” he said yesterday.

A fire near Tyalgum was also being monitored closely yesterday.



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