Locals to battle Tasmanian bushfires
EIGHT Clarence Valley rural firefighters are on their way to Tasmania to help battle bushfires in the north-west of that State.
The contingent left the Valley this morning and will be deployed to fight the Pipeline Rd, Mawbanna, fire.
They are the first locals to head to the Tasmanian fires.
The group is headed by Group Captain Geoff Towner and is made up of Peter Campbell (Gulmarrad brigade), Dean Dobrilla (Brooms Head), Jodde Sparrow (Dilkoon), Christopher Molloy (Glenugie), Clare Constantine (Halfway Creek), Theo Cooke (Mt Ramornie) and Josh Rogan (Grafton City).
"They have put their hands up to help out their fighfighting colleagues in Tasmania," Superintendent Stuart Watts said.
"You never know when things might change and the Tasmanians might be coming up here to help.
"The crew will be be there for a week, staying in base camp accommodation at Stanley, which is near Burnie."
Closer to home, RFS crews and overnight rain have combined to bring under control a blaze covering 450 hectares near old Glen Innes Rd at Buccarumbi.