Around midday Tuesday, residents in the Richmond Valley local government area received news it’s too late to escape a bushfire.
The RFS issued an emergency bushfire warning for the shire and said firefighters were working to slow the spread of a Busbys Flat Road fire burning in the vicinity of Seery Rd and Phillip Swamp Rd in the Mount Belmore State Forest.
Ground crews reportedly had the help of aircraft in efforts to protect isolated and rural homes in the area.
But the RFS said for residents in the area of Old Tenterfield Rd near Wyan and Wineshanty, it was too late to leave.
Authorities said that anyone impacted by the fires should take shelter when the fire arrived and protect themselves from the fire’s heat.