Firefighters continue to battle a bushfire which has been burning since Saturday.
Firefighters continue to battle a bushfire which has been burning since Saturday. Blainey Woodham

Cabarita fire under control

FIREFIGHTERS have contained a bushfire west of Cabarita that has been burning since Saturday.

Rural Fire Service Superintendent David Cook said yesterday’s efforts were very successful.

“The back burning we put in last (Wednesday) night consolidated the containment lines and we’ve had no further break outs,” Supt Cook said.

“The fire stayed behind the containment lines.

“It’s really good news.”

The RFS also conducted an infrared scan of the Tweed Shire from an airplane at 25,000 feet.

“The scan indicates it’s still very, very hot because there’s still a lot of peat burning,” Supt Cook said. “We’re remaining vigilant.”

Supt Cook said the scan allows them to identify hot spots that may pose threats.

“Anything that looked like breaking out was jumped on.”

Well over 700 hectares, the majority in the Cudgen Nature Reserve, has been destroyed by the fire.

And a separate fire has burnt almost 500 hectares on the Pinnacle, part of the Border Ranges.

“It’s still creeping around,” Supt Cook said.

“We managed to get some containment lines on it but because of the steep embankment we can’t get to it.”

Water-bombing helicopters worked on the fire yesterday until the wind picked up, Supt Cook said.

“The flame height was not very large.

“We had one little spot over that the crews dealt with very quickly.”

Both fires are believed to have started from lightning strikes on Saturday night.

The RFS is monitoring these fires and staying aware for more which may break out in the hot weather.

“We had another fire break out at Kunghur Creek on Wednesday afternoon,” Supt Cook said.

“We’re unsure at this stage how it started.

“It took crews a few hours to put it out and it burnt 10 hectares.”

Supt Cook said the firefighters deserve a really big cheer.

“They did a fantastic job.”

Clothiers Creek Road remains closed, from Sliprails Road to Cabarita, due to some massive trees falling across the roads.

“It’s far too dangerous,” Supt Cook said.



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