Macleay Valley bush fire update

SCORCHED: The Rural Fire Service is requesting people desist from commencing any back burns.
SCORCHED: The Rural Fire Service is requesting people desist from commencing any back burns.

Firefighters worked to contain fires at upwards of five different sites across the Macleay Valley today.

With no rain forecast in the near future, there is no reprieve on the horizon for the Rural Fire Service and National Parks and Wildlife teams.

Rural Fire Service spokesperson Lachlan Ison said crews were consolidating two fires in the coastal wetlands near Clybucca and Seven Hills, as well as three fires in remote areas west of Kempsey, and particularly Bellbrook.

“We believe that the majority have been hazard reduction burns escaped from private property,” Mr Ison said.

“Whilst conditions remain dry, we request that people refrain from lighting up and give firefighters the opportunity to get on top of the existing fires.”

The 3484ha bush fire at Moparrabah, which has burned for more than a week, was also monitored by the surveillance helicopter and it is looking to be finally under control.

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