The Rural Fire Services were fighting a fire at the Hogarth Range, near Casino.
The Rural Fire Services were fighting a fire at the Hogarth Range, near Casino. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Firefighters working overtime

RURAL Fire Service (RFS) crews were working around the clock yesterday to control multiple bushfires blazing across the Northern Rivers.

At Hogarth Range, southwest of Casino, a fire was burning 500m from a chicken farm until crews from Rappville, Middle Creek, North Casino and Bungawalbin got it under control.

Despite its close proximity to the property, the RFS confirmed there was no immediate threat to properties.

The fire burnt close to 200ha of bushland and scrub.

Ross Cole, Rural Fire Service group captain, was overseeing the volunteer firefighters on Hogarth Range Rd yesterday.

"It's a bit windier up in the trees but at ground level it's fairly mild and has been in our favour," he said.

"Because of the rain we have had we have a lot of growth and then we have had a lot of frosts that have dried everything up."

Nearby on Ainsworth Rd at Middle Creek, a bulldozer was brought in to dig containment lines around a sprawling fire.

Firefighters were expected to be on scene this morning to contain the fire.

At Loadstone, north of Wiangaree, volunteer firefighters worked tirelessly to contain another bushfire.

RFS Northern Rivers Superintendent Boyd Townsend said the blaze, which burned about 15ha, was contained without property damage.

Supt Townsend warned that the coming fire season could be "very dangerous" if the region did not see some rain soon.



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