Bushfires blaze in dry conditions
UNSEASONABLE conditions across the Clarence Valley have created perfect conditions for bushfires, with the NSW Rural Fire Service responding to an unusually high number of fires.
Currently, bushfires at Halfway Creek, Shannon Creek Dam, Shannondale and the Gwydir Hwy near Jackadgery are under control.
RFS Superintendent Stuart Watts said local bridgades have been called to a number of fires in recent weeks, and urged for extreme care when conducting any burning activities.
"The Clarence Valley did not receive significant rainfall over the summer months, which has resulted in very dry ground and covering vegetation," he said.
"Combined with the current warm, dry conditions, landowners need to be very careful when attempting any burning."
Supt Watts said that residents planning to conduct hazard reduction burning should make sure that they have a completed and practiced bush fire survival plan to protect their family and property in the event they are threatened by fire. They should also ensure that their property is prepared for fire, including clearing gutters and removing fuel from around homes.
"There is no room for complacency when it comes to bush fire safety," Supt Watts said.