Firies at fires at Clothiers Creek Road, Cabarita.
Firies at fires at Clothiers Creek Road, Cabarita. Karen Harper

Fires break out over the weekend

FIREFIGHTERS were kept on their toes at the weekend as a bushfire broke out at South Tweed and two others continued to smoulder in the shire.

Tweed Heads crews attended a bushfire on Saturday afternoon at the bottom of Sexton Hill, off Minjungbal Drive, senior firefighter Richard Fraser said.

“It started about 2.45pm and two hectares of bushland were burnt,” Mr Fraser said.

“The fire was extinguished about two hours later.”

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Rural Fire Service operations officer Angela Daly said a bushfire, which started more than a week ago west of Cabarita, had a small re-ignition on Saturday on Clothiers Creek Road but was quickly controlled.

“That was a good save,” Ms Daly said.

“The guys did a bit of back burning to contain that ignition.”

Crews are still patrolling the fire, which is burning in the Cudgen Nature Reserve and on private property, to ensure nothing else reignites, Ms Daly said.

“It’s looking quite good but we can’t walk away from it,” she said.

“We’ll continue to mop up and contain it.

“There’s so much work to make sure all that good work put in during the week doesn’t come undone.”

Ms Daly said they were hoping for some isolated showers yesterday afternoon to help their efforts.

“Pockets of peat burning internally continue to put out a bit of smoke.

“People should expect smoke for the next few days.”

A third fire burning on the Pinnacle, part of the Border Ranges, is also being monitored by the RFS.

“We did a fly over (Saturday) and only a couple of small smokers are burning internally and in very inaccessible country,” Ms Daly said.

“The low cloud and cooler conditions have really helped to cool that fire down.”

Ms Daly said the crews, which are now back to just local volunteers, can have a bit of a breather.

“The mid North Coast Strike team is travelling home today (yesterday),” Ms Daly said.

“They did a really good job.”

Clothiers Creek Road has been reopened to traffic.

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