NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers have been battling a bushfire near Chillingham since Monday. It's been a busy start to the fire season, which officially began on Tuesday.
NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers have been battling a bushfire near Chillingham since Monday. It's been a busy start to the fire season, which officially began on Tuesday. Source: NSW Rural Fire Service

Tweed fireys face a busy start to fire season

Update: 4pm

FIREFIGHTERS have been called to a grass fire near Uki, while another continues to burn near Chillingham. 

It's the second fire the Rural Fire Service has been called to in the Tweed this week.

It's understood the bushfire near Chillingham, while not entirely doused by Wednesday night's rain, had not taken off again during Thursday's strong winds. 

More details to come. 

 

Initial report: 9.44am September 3

WEDNESDAY night's rainfall wasn't enough to extinguish a bushfire between Chillingham and Eungella, according to the Rural Fire Service.

Tweed RFS Superintendent David Cook said volunteers had been fighting the blaze since Monday.

Supt Cook said crews from Tyalgum, Uki and Murwillumbah had been attending the fire, which was located in rough, inaccessible terrain.

He said a helicopter had been brought in from Ballina to assist.

"There was approximately 5mm of rainfall overnight," he said.

"It hasn't put the fire out but it's slowed it right down."

After the rain, he said the area was too wet for firefighters to backburn, but they would be continually patrolling the fire.

Supt Cook said agricultural assets had been protected from the blaze.

"There was a banana plantation, which the Tyalgum brigade successfully protected," he said.

It's understood no homes were being threatened.

The fire has burnt through about 46 hectares. 

Despite the rain, Supt Cook said a very high fire danger remained current for the region, with strong south westerly winds expected for Thursday afternoon.

He said all fire permits had been suspended.

For updated weather and fire information, visit the Bureau of Meteorology and NSW Rural Fire Service websites.

The fire season officially began on the North Coast on Tuesday, and it's been a busy week so far for firefighters across the state.



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