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Duranbah bushfire: NSW RFS issues warning for Pacific Highway blaze

The Advertiser 2020-08-20 05:05:00

Firefighters have warned strong winds on Thursday could fuel an out-of-control bushfire burning in northern NSW just south of the Queensland border.

The blaze off the Pacific Highway at Duranbah, north of Byron Bay, started on Wednesday and has so far burned through 225ha.

An advice message remains in place with residents in the Clothiers Creek Rd, Forest Hill Rd and Tanglewood areas urged to monitor conditions and take advice from firefighters.

There is no immediate risk to local residents.

The NSW Rural Fire Service said conditions had eased overnight but northwesterly winds were forecast to strengthen on Thursday.

The weather bureau has forecast 25-35km/h winds for the Northern Rivers region that should become lighter by Thursday evening with a maximum temperature in the low 20s.

Footage of the blaze from Wednesday shows flames burning through grass land just off the highway with thick grey smoke visible from passing cars.

Meanwhile, towns and alpine regions in southern NSW are bracing for snowfall across the weekend with the snow level to drop to 500m as an icy blast of cold polar air sweeps across southeastern Australia.

It might still technically be winter, but bushfire season stops for no one.

These are the scenes currently at Duranbah, on the NSW North Coast, where a 164 hectare 'advice level' bushfire is currently burning out of control.

RFS crews are one scene. #9News

— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) August 19, 2020

Originally published as Strong winds prompt bushfire fears