Rural Fire Service spokesperson Michael Brett is imploring local landholders to ensure adequate control lines if they are undertaking hazard-reduction burns.
High fuel build-up combined with weeks of dry weather resulted in a number of fires racing out of control in the northern rivers over the weekend. In one case, a fire burning in inaccessible country burnt over a more than 15km front, he told ABC radio this morning.
Eighteen fires are still known to be burning out of control in the Clarence Valley alone.
Many of the fires started as hazard reduction burns that got out of control. Mr Brett said landholders who start fires that subsequently get out of control can be found liable for the damage they cause to other people’s properties.