Danger zone ... fire crews tackle a blaze which encroached on the Pacific Highway at Corindi yesterday.
Danger zone ... fire crews tackle a blaze which encroached on the Pacific Highway at Corindi yesterday.

Fire closes highway at Corindi



A GRASSFIRE caused headaches for motorists and emergency services at Corindi yesterday afternoon.

A Pacific Highway lane was closed to traffic for a short time because of the smoke hazard for motorists and for the safety of firefighters who had to tackle the blaze from the road.

At one stage, the fire was burning on both sides of the highway.

The small blaze, about half a hectare in size, sprung up about 12.30pm on the eastern side of the highway on the edge of the road, resulting in thick smoke hampering drivers.

It was concentrated in the area between the Pacific Highway and Coral Street.

Up to 10 firefighters from the Sherwood Creek and Corindi rural fire brigades brought the fire under control within a couple of hours and spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning up.

Police and the Roads and Traffic Authority swung into action to manage traffic flows at the height of the emergency.

"We're not sure how the fire started. We're still investigating," RFS manager for the Mid North Coast, Warwick Roche, said.

Prevailing northerly winds had not helped the situation, but the fire had not posed a threat to any houses, he said.



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