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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’.

RFS volunteers fighting the bushfire near Terragon. Image: Ewan Willis

‘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.

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  1. We’re now living in a climate change emergency. As a community we need to have zero tolerance for the reckless use of burning off and arson. Our communities are small and generally open. Someone must know who started these fires. Once the offender/ offenders are apprehended, penalties need to reflect the seriousness of the crime. If we don’t get far more serious about fire in the landscape, we will see even sub tropical rain forested areas become barren deserts even faster than current levels of desertification.

  2. As we know there are financial reasons people start fires. Its happening in Brazil and obviously caused with pressure and financial offering to clear land to graze cattle and grow palm oil. If as stated there are several points the fires were lit then it makes sense there is a reason so we need to look for the reason and follow the money trail to find the cause.

  3. The scumbags that deliberately lit these fires, endangering the lives of volunteer fire fighters & residents in this area, need to be dealt with the full force of the law, penalties for arson are far too lenient, jail is the only place for them or they deserve to be dumped in the bush, in the path of an uncontrolled bush fire, guaranteed they’d never light another fire


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