■ THE Rural Fire Service has urged Tweed residents to avoid lighting up after a spate of escaped burns across the region. RFS Far North Coast Superintendent David Cook said crews from Bilambil and Cudgen assisted Fire and Rescue in tackling a grass fire near Shiraz Place in Tweed Heads South about 11.40am on Wednesday.
Supt Cook said the fire, which was difficult for Fire and Rescue crews to access, burnt through three hectares in the area close to homes.
“They were there for about three hours,” Supt Cook said.
He said this fire was being treated as suspicious and police were investigating.
He said RFS crews were also busy with other fires, including one at Cedar Creek west of Uki.
Permit season began for the Tweed on September 1, but Supt Cook said most permits were now suspended until the region had enough rain to reduce the risk of wildfires.
RFS Far North Coast co-ordinator Inspector Matt Inwood said failure to comply with the permit suspension could lead to heavy fines and legal action.
Anyone wanting to undertake an urgent primary industries burn must phone the Far North Coast Fire Control Centre on 02 6671 5500 within business hours.
Visit rfs.nsw.gov.au for updated fire danger information.