A bushfire threatening homes on Kyogle Road near Terragon may have been deliberately lit, according to the Rural Fire Service (RFS).
As RFS workers undertook back burning over night to protect properties, RFS spokesperson James Morrison said the fire was ‘being treated as suspicious’.
‘There are early signs that there were several points of ignition along Kyogle Road,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘Fire and police will be investigating the cause of the fire today.’
Mr Morrison also said that fire fighters would focus their efforts on the southern side of the blaze today, and that containment lines had been identified.
He also said that some residents had come into the affected area last night under police escort.
‘It was their choice to remain or collect their things and remove from the area,’ he said.
RFS staff and volunteers first responded to reports of a large column of smoke 6km south-west of Uki yesterday morning.
Aircraft were sent to assist with firefighting operations and a large air tanker dropped a load on the area which slowed the spread of the blaze.
Residents should enact their bush fire survival plans and know what to do if a fire threatens.