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The North Coast has been issued with a high fire danger alert as a series of bushfires have broken out across the region.

With unseasonably high temperatures expected later in the week and a severe lack of rain, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) has warned landholders to halt planned burn-offs and have up-to-date bushfire plans in place.

Lismore is expected to see a high of 26 on Wednesday and 27 on Thursday, with Casino looking at highs of 29 on both days.

A 235-hectare bushfire at Ellangowan, in the Richmond Valley, is the largest of dozens burning around the region.

There are currently seven fires burning in the Richmond Valley, four in Kyogle Shire and two in Lismore, including one at Blue Knob that is believed to have been started by an out-of-control campfire.

Further south, conditions are even worse. Ten fires are burning in the Clarence Valley, three of them very large. A fire at Glenreagh has burnt 3,722 hectares, a second at Ewingar has burnt 2,064 hectares and a third at Clouds Creek as burnt 1,351 hectares.

An RFS spokesperson told local media on Monday that with low humidity and worsening conditions ‘we can expect more fire weather coming our way’.

Richmond Valley residents have been warned to take precautions against smoke pollution.

Evans Head and Woodburn in particular are experiencing low visibility of about a kilometre.

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  1. Guess what !
    Fires don’t just happen . The RFS is a known focus for pyromaniacs ,so spend more resources in convicting the perpetrators who light these fires and make them financially responsible for the damage they do. The damage they do is not the infrastructure and houses they burn, but more importantly the environmental destruction of habitat that has a long-lived effect on endangered species of animals and flora.


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