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Duranbah fire ground. Photo Cudgen RFS Brigade.

Gregory Allan from the NSW Rural Fire Service told Echonetdaily that a house was destroyed by fire on Tweed Valley Way in Mooball yesterday.

The Duranbah fire has now covered 294 ha and is being controlled by local crews with support from the air.

Mr Allan said the RFS was alerted to the fire at Mooball at 1.20pm yesterday, and Cudgen RFS units attended along with the police and fire and rescue.

The fire was contained at 2.30pm but unfortunately the structure could not be saved.

Crews are continuing to patrol that fire today.

The fire near the Pacific Highway at Duranbah, which started a couple of days ago, is being attended by 28 firefighters and is now listed as ‘being controlled’.

Mr Allan said it’s currently burning in a swampy area, so some pockets of the fire have been inaccessible to crews, which is why water bombing aircraft were called in to assist.

Crews are continuing with backburning operations today, so a lot of smoke can be expected down to Byron Bay and beyond for the rest of the day as crews attempt to further control the fire.

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