Firefighters battle blazes across Northern Rivers

Northern Star photographer Cathy Adams took this photo of the fires at sunset, looking west from Goonellabah, on July 30.
Northern Star photographer Cathy Adams took this photo of the fires at sunset, looking west from Goonellabah, on July 30.

NORTHERN Rivers firefighters are battling a total 11 bush and grassfires between Grafton and the Queensland border, several of which are out of control.

Four of the 11 fires contributing to smokey conditions around parts of the region today are hazard reduction burns. Three of the remaining seven are grass or bushfires burning out of control, one is being brought under control while firefighters have the remaining three in hand.

The fires burning across the region come only a day before the official start of the 2014/15 bush fire danger period, which the Rural Fire Service is announcing two months early this year following a dry winter.

The bush fire danger period officially gets underway tomorrow, August 1. It usually starts on October 1.

During the bush fire danger period, anyone wanting to burn on their property will need a permit from the Rural Fire Service. In some cases permission from your local council and/or Environmental Protection Authority may also be needed.

To see the fires currently burning on the Northern Rivers, click here.

For more information on the bush fire danger period and fire permits, click here.

For current fire danger ratings, click here.

Topics:  bushfires rural fire serivice

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