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Update: 9pm Sunday 10 November

The alert for Tuntable Falls, Terania Creek Road and Terania Creek has gone back up to Emergency Warning with residents being advised to leave by the Rural Fire Brigade (RFS).

Fire meeting Mullumbimby

The fire is continuing to burn in the vicinity of Huonbrook and Upper Wilsons Creek and is there are concerns for the areas of Huonbrook, Upper Wilsons Creek, Wilsons Creek, Goonengerry and Upper Coopers as fires conditions worsen on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A community meeting has been called for tomorrow, Monday 11 November, for residents in the Huonbrook, Mullumbimby, Koonyum Range, Main Arm, Upper Main Arm, Goonengerry, Wilsons Creek, Wanganui, Federal and surrounding areas in Mullumbimby at the Civic Hall, 55 Dalley Street at 11am.

Original story

The Mt Nardi fire has now spread over 2,200ha and has reached the upper regions of Huonbrook and Upper Wilsons Creek.

‘Currently the alert is “Watch and Act”,’ Rural Fire Service operations officer, Aaron Howard, told Echonetdaily.

If you are in the area of Terania Creek, Tuntable Creek and Huonbrook in the vicinity of McPhails Road, monitor conditions.

‘The fire is currently still in national park in inaccessible country.

‘People need to be prepared. There is no current alert to evacuate or relocate but if people are planning to stay then they need to be very well prepared as a lot of the properties are in thick vegetation and will be difficult to defend.’

There are currently no containment plan in place. Aviation resources have been used to monitor the fire however, Mr Howard said with all the fires in NSW they are stretched very thin.

‘Aviation air support is primarily use to protect property,’ he said.

A total fire ban remains in place for the far north coast. 

Inquiry Centre

The Public Information and Inquiry Centre (PIIC), remains open to assist members of the public in relation to bush fire information for the Northern Rivers, Clarence Valley, Mid North Coast, and Manning Great Lakes areas.

The telephone number to call is 1800 227 228.

Members of the public are reminded to delay all non-essential travel in fire affected areas to assist emergency services.

Avoid dangers such as damaged powerlines and the possibility of asbestos in fire-damaged properties.

Monitor emergency websites, including www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, as well as your regular media news sources for updated advice and warnings

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  1. Now under Emergency Warning!
    An emergency warning is in place for a bush fire burning in the Nightcap National Park area. The fire is 2,200 hectares in size and is not under control.

    Current Situation
    A fire is burning in the Nightcap National Park
    The fire is burning in a south-westerly direction towards Tuntable Falls Road.

    If you are in the area of Tuntable Falls, leave now towards Nimbin.
    If you are in the area of Terania Creek Road and Terania Creek, leave now towards The Channon.

    Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes. Leaving early is your safest option.

    Rummery Park campground is closed.

  2. If only the National Parks would do Hazard reduction burning in the cooler months lives and property could be saved.The Biodiversity that Parks have been pressured by the Green movement to save by the no “Hazard Reduction”burning concept have now been completely destroyed.We can only presume that the Green Army will be standing shoulder to shoulder with our Brave Volunteer Firefighters.

  3. Bob that is a nonsense perpetrated by anti-Parks, anti-conservation people with no fire management knowledge such as Alan Jones and his ilk! The science behind fire management, fire regimes and intervals are well understood. NPWS manages approximately 9% of the land in the northeast quarter of the state yet undertake more than 75% of hazard reduction burns in both size and number, and has done for the past 10+years. Hazard reduction burns are not a panacea and many areas burnt last week have been burned by HRs and wildfires within the past 12 months and demonstrates they will not stop fires under these conditions. Furthermore the window for undertaking HRs is now so small as to be negligible – eg – the RFS 350ha HR burn at Lindfield Park west of Port Macquarie has refused to go out since late July….current status today 910ha Out of Control.

  4. So Bob how do you burn rainforest in the “cooler months”?
    It only burns about once every 1,000 years or more and only under these conditions. National Parks do heaps of hazard reduction burning. More than the RFS and Forestry so your invective is misplaced .

  5. Yeah Bob & Clarry you’re right. Forests are the problem. And trees. And Parks and Wildlife Rangers. There’s no fires in the Murray-Darling so we should copy them and clear the lot. No Parks and Ranger either. Evapotranspiration is a myth too. How can more trees make it rain? Science? phooey. Fire science? double phooey!! Why believe a scientist what good have they ever done?
    Soil erosion? So what! it’s never gunna rain again anyway. We need more concrete. Concrete doesn’t burn doesn’t erode. Concrete the lot. Save money on pesky threatened species programs too get rid of all that messy weed infested habitat. Probably full of feral animals. And hippies. Give it to farmers. They know how to manage land. Yeah that will teach Parks for not burning everything. And teach the bloody greenies a lesson too. Don’t get me started on greenies


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