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April 11, 2021

28 fires alight in the Northern Rivers

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Rappville fire aerial. Photo NSW RFS – Northern Rivers Zone.

There are currently 64 fires burning along the NSW east coast with about half of those in the Northern Rivers.

At last count, there were about 28 fires between Coffs Harbour in the south and Lynchs Creek in the north, with dozens more burning along the coast to the southern border.

About 28 fires are burning in the Northern Rivers. Photo Fires Near Me.

The fires range from hazard reduction back-burns, grass fires and bush fires and all fires are classed as ‘being controlled’ at this stage.

The Rappville bushfire is continuing to burn along Clearfield Road south of the township, the fire has made its way into a pine plantation in the area.

The northernmost part of the fire is burning near Myrtle Creek Road and Clearfield Road and has crossed Summerland Way to the east, where there continues to be active fires in small areas at this location.

Firefighters are continuing to consolidate containment lines on the eastern side of the fire. Crews are working with aircraft including the Large Air Tanker and heavy machinery to build containment lines on the southeastern and southern flanks.

This morning Kyogle firefighters are manning the Casino station, as the Casino tanker and three other appliances from surrounding stations are joining together as a Strike Force to attend fires in and around Grafton.

Motorists are reminded to drive to the conditions as firefighters are continuing to work from the roadside edge and smoke may restrict driver visibility periodically.

Rappville fire aerial. Photo NSW RFS – Northern Rivers Zone.

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  1. All these fires and three Section 44 Emergency Declarations in place and the RFS insists permits are STILL NOT REQUIRED !! What?? And this is despite requests weeks ago from the public and National Parks to do so, and probably Forestry as well. Hmmm. And will any of these firebugs be fined or prosecuted for not containing their fires and the damage and expense that has followed?

    It is as dry in the northern NSW shires – Coffs Harbour to Qld, and the KBDI soil moisture level is similar to those of Tenterfield, Glen Innes Severn, Armidale, Uralla, Nambucca, Kempsey, Port Macquarie and Mid-Coast council areas – all of whom have brought forward the fire danger period requiring permits due to conditions and outlook. It is baffling and illogical to not have followed suite. Why are they so recalcitrant? What is their ulterior motive? Are they trying to burn as many hectares as possible? Is it because they are currently undergoing a restructure and are worried about losing positions?

  2. The trouble with fire permits is that you have to notify the RFS 24 hours before you light the fire. And who knows how windy it will actually be twenty-four hours in advance? Certainly not the person with the permit or the RFS. Fire permits merely mran that the RFS can identify where the smoke is comng from.

    • Ever heard of a weather forecast? Firefighters rely upon them all the time when trying to fight these careless escaped blazes. All the firefighting agencies rely upon forecasts to identify days of suitable conditions to conduct hazard reduction burns. If they’re in doubt they don’t light up. It’s quite simple.

      Permits also come with a list of conditions to be observed such as not lighting up under our current conditions, and can be suspended at any time under Very High Fire Danger, as we have just had. Permits provide a measure of control against reckless and irresponsible ignitions and are proven to reduce the number and severity of fires. So again, why no permits in the northern shires? It makes no sense.


  3. Well said Emma,
    Only an ingorant red-necked fool would light a fire on the North Coast for the last month .
    However, these idiots are ,and always have been, protected by state and federal governments and never made to face the consequences of their actions ( which goes a long way to explain our highest extinction rate on the planet) If on the other hand a concerned citizen reports illegal or cruel conduct by these ‘poor Ausie battlers ‘ , they will soon find themselves gaoled for lengthy periods.

  4. What u hav to watch out for is the back burns the rf does because in our area their back burns in feb 2019 destroyed homes an they r not taking responsibility one lady burnt off rubbish it gotta away a bit an it was brought under controll until the rf turned an back burned then it ran riot they r holding this lady responsible for everything instead of invesigating the RURAL FIRE BRIGADES. OUR COMMUNITY DOES NOT TRUST RF AN THEY R BANNED FROM MANY PROPERTIES.


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