Smoke rises from bushfires west of Mullumbimby last week. Authorities say the fires are a timely reminder for residents to clear out gutters and remove any rubbish and debris from around their house. PHOTO: Syd Geary.
Smoke rises from bushfires west of Mullumbimby last week. Authorities say the fires are a timely reminder for residents to clear out gutters and remove any rubbish and debris from around their house. PHOTO: Syd Geary.

Fire timely reminder to clean up rubbish

A fire which burned out about 340 hectares of private land and bushland in the Koonyum Ranges west of Mullumbimby last week was a timely reminder for residents to clear out gutters and remove any rubbish and debris from around their house, according to Cr Patrick Morrisey.

Cr Morrisey, the chair of the Far North Coast Bush Fire Management Committee, spent last Wednesday on the fire front as a crew member with Goonengerry Rural Fire Service.

He was a member of one of more than a dozen fire fighting crews from Ballina, Byron and Tweed Shires, along with three aircraft, including a water bomber, and two bulldozers were involved with building containment lines and managing unburnt fuel.

“It’s hard, hot and potentially hazardous fighting a fire,” he said.

“The staff and volunteers are to be congratulated for their work in protecting houses and containing the fire.”

Cr Morrisey said in the area in which he was working, some of the houses ‘had exceptionally good asset protection zones and this simply can not be compromised on’.

“We all need to clean up any potential fire fuel now,” he said.

Landholders are required to obtain a permit to burn from September 1 onwards.

The Far North Coast Bush Fire Risk Management Committee is currently seeking comments on its draft Bush Fire Risk Management Plan (BFRMP) which has recently been prepared.

The draft plan covers the Ballina, Byron and Tweed local government areas.

It will be on exhibition until tomorrow.

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