RFS suspects 164ha fire may be an escaped private burnoff
UPDATE 4.30pm: CREWS continue to work towards containing a fire burning east of the Pacific Hwy, at Duranbah.
Back burning operations are being undertaken along Clothiers Creek Rd and smoke will be visible in the area and from the Pacific Highway.
The Rural Fire Service said it is suspected this fire began from an escaped private burn.
the RFS said although there has been recent rain, grass areas remain quite dry and under current conditions, it's important to be careful and keep any eye on any burns on your property.
It is expected that strong winds will continue across parts of the state until at least Sunday.
RFS said to take note of forecast conditions and remember you must notify your neighbours and fire authorities 24 hours in advance before lighting up.
UPDATE 3.25pm: CLOTHIERS Ck Rd, between the Pacific Hwy and Cabarita is now closed due to a fire burning in the area.
UPDATE 3.00pm: FIREFIGHTERS are battling difficult conditions at Duranbah, where a fire has now burnt across more than 164ha.
Water bombers are now assisting more than 20 firefighters working on the ground from the RFS and National Parks.
The fire is burning out of control east of the Pacific Hwy and north of Clothiers Ck Rd in reedy grassland which is wet underfoot, making it difficult to access in vehicles.
Weather conditions are also hampering efforts to extinguish the blaze, with variable, gusty winds at the fireground.
Heavy plant has been brought in to assist with putting in containment lines around the fire.
UPDATE 12.35pm: CREWS are on scene at a fire burning in the area of Clothiers Creek Rd and the Pacific Highway at Duranbah.
The fire is burning in swampy grass land to the north of Clothiers Creek Road, heading in a northerly direction towards Cudgen Lake and Duranbah.
Firefighters are working around homes in the Duranbah area, near the perimeter of the fire.
Residents in the area are urged to remain vigilant, to take advice from firefighters, and to know what to do if fire encroaches their homes.
Although there is no immediate risk to properties, residents in the area of Forest Hill Rd and the Tanglewood areas should monitor conditions, take advice from firefighters in the area and follow their bush fire survival plan.
Smoke will be visible from the M1 Pacific Motorway. Please only call Triple Zero (000) if you see an unattended fire.
NSW RFS is also warning the public about weather conditions later in the weekas strong and gusty winds are forecast for much of NSW over coming days.
RFS reminded for landholders to check local conditions before conducting hazard reduction burns.
Also you must notify your local fire authority and your neighbours at least 24 hours before lighting up.
You can now notify the RFS online about your planned burn: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/notify
Original story: FIREIGHTERS are working to control a blaze burning near the Pacific Hwy at Duranbah.
A Rural Fire Service spokeswoman said four crews are currently on scene assessing the extent of the fire burning in grassland north of Clothiers Ck Rd, east of the M1.
She said crews are tying to establish containment lines around the fire, but it is not yet under control.
Four crews are on scene, with more responding, and include members from Tweed Coast Cudgen and Murwillumbah brigades.
There are properties in the vicinity of the fire that are not under threat at this moment, but residents are asked to monitor the situation closely.
The RFS spokeswoman said given the fire is burning in grassland, the situation can change quite quickly and the fire is not yet controlled.
People are asked to avoid the area, and people living nearby are urged to remain vigilant.