250ha burnt, cause of fire yet to be uncovered
UPDATE 3.00pm: CREWS remain at the scene of a fire that has burnt through 250 hectares in the Richmond Valley.
RFS Northern Rivers Inspector Daniel Ainsworth said some stockyards and power infrastructure was damaged, but not destroyed, as a result of the fire.
Insp Ainsworth said three crews totalling 12 firefighters remained at the scene on Old Tenterfield Rd at Six Mile Swamp, between Casino and Whiporie.
He said they expected to have the fire under control this afternoon.
"Crews have worked today to have that fire contained," he said.
He said the conditions had been kind to the crews on the ground today.
"There's just less wind today so we've had better conditions today and overnight cooler temperate have helped the fire to be contained," he said.
He said a fire investigator visited the scene today and the cause has yet to be determined.
He reaffirmed calls for landowners to ensure they are prepared, with firefighting equipment readily available, and notify their neighbours and the RFS before lighting up.
UPDATE, 9.55am: A FIRE investigation team will today assess possible causes of a fire that has burnt through 250 hectares in the Richmond Valley.
RFS Northern Rivers Inspector Daniel Ainsworth said the blaze on Old Tenterfield Rd at Six Mile Swamp, between Casino and Whiporie, had been burning since late Friday afternoon.
Insp Ainsworth said the fire flared up yesterday and firefighters were continuing to work on containment lines.
He said about 70 firefighters from the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW worked on the blaze yesterday.
About 10 volunteers from Casino and Alphadale's RFS brigades remain at the scene today.
Insp Ainsworth said the cause of the fire, which had burnt through open pasture and bushland, was not yet known.
"It's under investigation and fire investigators are out there today," he said.
"We're hoping to have it contained today if we can."
Amid dry weather and after the region's frosty weekend, he urged landowners who were burning off this winter to exercise extra caution.
"It's dry at the moment and the frosts have taken effect they've started curing off all the fuel," he said.
While fire permits are not currently required, he said landowners must still let their neighbours and their local Fire Control Centre know about any fires before lighting up.
He also urged anyone burning off to ensure they have adequate firefighting measures in place.
"It is drying off and we are seeing the frosts take hold of the countryside," he said.
"They do need to remember that it is a bit dryer."
Original story: MORE than 15 Rural Fire Service brigades were called into action yesterday to help battle a large fire south of Casino.
The Casino-Yorklea RFS brigade posted about the blaze on Facebook.
One of their members also created this video of the fire.
Fires Near Me has listed the fire as being between Casino and Whiporie, on Old Tenterfield Rd, Six Mile Swamp.
It has burnt more than 250 hectares of land and is currently categorised as "being controlled".