Bushfires rage on North Coast

RFS crews contend with embers, ash and smoke in the midst of a bushfire near Grafton on Thursday.
RFS crews contend with embers, ash and smoke in the midst of a bushfire near Grafton on Thursday. Adam Hourigan
MORE than 60 firefighters are battling three separate bushfires on the NSW North Coast.

The bushfire that threatened coastal village Brooms Head on Wednesday night is still burning uncontained to the west of residences, with firefighters concentrating on containment with the support of aircraft.

Conditions have eased and currently there are no properties under threat.

A spokesperson for the Rural Fire Service said about 40 RFS and National Parks firefighters are working on the fire and southern containment lines are being targeted ahead of a wind change on Thursday afternoon.

Sandon Camping ground to the south of Brooms Head has been closed and people staying in the area are being encouraged to relocate as a precautionary measure.

At Matenda Creek, 10km west of Minnie Water, another fire has burned about 500 hectares of bushland.

The RFS said about 25 firefighters are working on the fire, with backburning operations being carried out.

"As these continue, people in the area may notice an increase in fire, smoke and ash," the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile a fire continues to burn at Gurranang, 35km north of Grafton.

The RFS said there are currently no properties under threat however people in the area should continue to monitor the situation.

Local road closures may be in place and the public is asked to stay away from the fire area.

A Section 44 bush fire emergency was declared for the area yesterday afternoon meaning more resources are available for the fire fighting effort.

Fire permits have been suspended in the Clarence Valley District and due to fire activity, access has been restricted to a number of National Parks.

Do you know what to do in the advent of a bushfire? Read NSW bushfire safety tips.


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