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This supplied photo shows the intensity of the fire in bushland near Lennox Head last night.
This supplied photo shows the intensity of the fire in bushland near Lennox Head last night.

[Updated 7.13am]

Around 60 residents from Lennox Head were evacuated last night after a bushfire threatened to destroy their homes.

Firefighters stopped the fire front from destroying any of the 200-odd homes in and around the Linnaeus Estate and Bundaleer Road.

The Coast Road between Byron Bay and Ballina was cut late yesterday and remains closed as a result of the fire.

The residents evacuated were mostly from Linnaeus estate and Bundaleer Road and used Byron Bay High School for emergency accommodation.

They were forced to leave after the fire, which had been on the western side of the Coast Road when it jumped the road last night at around 7.30pm.

The blaze has burnt through around 200 hectares of bushland since it started yesterday afternoon.

There have been no reports of property damage at this stage.

About 40 RFS volunteers stayed on the job all night to monitor the situation and extinguish spot fires. Milder weather conditions this morning have eased the dangerous situation.

Fire authorities are unable to say what caused the fire but a lightning strike is suspected to have possibly sparked it.

A Lennox Head local told Echonetdaily a large a clap of thunder was heard in the area just before the fire broke out near Tobin Close.

The fire followed a hot day and windy afternoon during which Ballina clocked a maximum of 33 degrees.


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