The Sextonville Rd fire which Rural Fire Service crews have now been able to contain.
The Sextonville Rd fire which Rural Fire Service crews have now been able to contain. NSW Rural Fire Service

BUSHFIRE WARNING: Residents advised to enact their plans

UPDATE 5.28pm: HOMES are being protected as a fire continues to burn through bushland south of Casino.

Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers Inspector Boyd Townsend said about six homes were currently experiencing fire close to them in the Ellangowan area.

The fire, on Coraki-Ellangowan Rd, was upgraded to a Watch and Act status by the RFS this afternoon.

Insp Townsend said the homes had not been evacuated and firefighters were in close contact with residents at the affected homes.

He said crews would work into the night to continue property protection in windy, warm and low-humidity conditions.

"The weather conditions on the fireground are quite warm," he said.

"There's a significant number of fire appliances (working on) property protection on those homes that are experiencing fire around them at the moment.

"It's quite busy on the fireground out there and I expect it to be (overnight)."

Aircraft have also been helping the RFS to slow down the fire throughout the day.

He said their crews would communicate with residents if there is any change in their situation.

"The firefighters have been talking to them all day," he said.

The fire's status upgrade as crews also attend a new blaze at Mummulgum, along with countless others across the region.

It's one of four in the Watch and Act stage across the state, while two fires on the South Coast are listed as Emergency Warning.

At another fire in the Clarence area, an 84-year-old man suffered severe burns this afternoon while driving through burning areas on Carnham Rd, Carnham about 4.20pm today.

Three ambulances and the Lismore-based Westpac Live Saver Rescue Helicopter were called to the scene.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said the man suffered burns to his arms and legs and severe burns to his right hand.


UPDATE: RESIDENTS at Ellangowan, south of Casino, have been advised to put their Bush Fire Survival Plans into action immediately.

The status of a fire which began around Mothersoles Rd has been upgraded to Watch and Act.

The fire has burnt through about 134 hectares and is burning in the vicinity of Coraki-Ellangowan Rd and is impacting isolated rural properties in that area.

Firefighters have been working at the scene throughout the day, supported by aircraft to slow the spread of the fire and to protect properties.

The region is under very high fire danger conditions today.

The RFS has warned embers may be blown ahead of the fire, creating sport fires which could threaten homes earlier than the predicted main fire front.

They have urged those who do not have a Bush Fire Survival Plan to know what they will do if fire threatens their property.

Leaving early is the safest option.

If your life is at risk, call Triple 0 immediately.

For updated fire danger information visit


Original story: FIREFIGHTERS are working to contain two large fires continuing to burn south of Casino.

Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers Inspector Daniel Ainsworth said aircraft were still helping their crews to slow down two fires in the Ellangowan area this morning.

"We've still got two fires that aren't contained," he said.

The fires, at Wrenchs Rd and Mothersoles Rd, have burnt through several hundred hectares of bushland.

He said eight crews comprising about 15 firefighters were on scene today.

Meanwhile, a fire at Stoney Chute Rd, Nimbin yesterday is being investigated.

"It's being treated as suspicious at this time and we'll be working with police," he said.

Insp Ainsworth said several old cars and caravans were damaged in the fire, but they had not been occupied.

While there were homes close to the blaze, he said they were able to contain it with the help of water-bombing aircraft.

With winds expected to whip up amid warmer conditions this afternoon, he urged residents to be aware of the very high fire danger across the Northern Rivers fire district.

"It's very high fire danger today and everyone who lives in the bush should be aware of their bush fire survival plan."

If you see a fire, phone Triple 0.

If you haven't got a bush fire survival plan, you can create one at

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