Nambucca Valley fires under control, but fire permit suspensions remain in place indefinitely

Our Valley's fire crews have done us proud, rallying to extinguish 10 local bush fires over the past four days.

On top of those blazes in the Nambucca Valley, they have been called upon to assist with some of the more-than-70 fires which have erupted down in the Macleay.

The trouble all started on Thursday when a strong west to north westerly wind kicked up. Wind gusts of over 60kph were recorded over the course of the weekend.

All permits were quickly suspended, and remain that way indefinitely.

"It all fell apart on Friday, and then it really hit us hard on Saturday," Lower North Coast NSW RFS Superintendent Lachlann Ison said.

"We were able to make some ground again on Sunday, and luckily today things are looking to improve enough for us to get on top of it a bit."

A section 44 was declared which allowed "for additional resources from out of the area to assist local resources with combat and control of these fires, and give local resources a much needed break".

The Lower North Coast zone - which comprises Nambucca and Macleay Valleys - is currently operating six helicopters and a Large Air Tanker.

Supt Ison said, as of this morning, the Nambucca is in a fair condition compared with the state of our southern neighbours, with only two active fires remaining; Irvines Rd in Tewinga and Congarinni Rd in Congarinni South.

"But conditions are still dry, and we don't need any more fires in the local landscape, please," he said.

Local fire personnel have said pile burns conducted weeks ago have reignited under the blustery conditions.

On Saturday night a 'Watch and Act' was issued for the Irvines Rd fire, as flames neared houses in the area.

Supt Ison said three Fire and Rescue crews rallied to protect properties, while four RFS brigades were tasked with suppressing the running fire.

Both fires burnt through about 10 hectares, but are now deemed under control.

However, things are looking a little more grim at Old Station Rd near Crescent Head, Racing Track at Turners Flat and Gilmores Gully, just south of Bellbrook.

All three fires have chewed through over 1000 hectares each, and are still proving problematic. RFS crews from the Nambucca Valley are helping get those infernos under control, alongside protecting properties in the dozen or so smaller blazes in between.

A huge thankyou goes out to our dedicated and indefatigable fire servicemen and women who have been working through brutal conditions to keep us all safe.

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