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Rain eases Woodburn peat threat

PEAT FIRE: A build up of flammable organic matter over time can burn for great lengths of time which is happening on a property at Woodburn. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times
PEAT FIRE: A build up of flammable organic matter over time can burn for great lengths of time which is happening on a property at Woodburn. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times Samantha Elley

AFTER two days of rain the threat posed by a peat fire near Woodburn has eased.

Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers Superintendent Michael Brett said the fire, which began burning before Christmas, was still burning but the rain had eased any serious threats.

Woodburn was blanketed in smoke on Saturday after the fire jumped containment lines and strong winds made conditions difficult for firefighters.

Mr Brett said due to the nature of peat, the only way to extinguish the fire was with a significant amount of water.

Peat is the build-up of leaves and bark over an extended period of time.

Following the two days of recent rain, Mr Brett said the RFS lifted fire permit restrictions that had been in force for several weeks.

But he stressed that anyone wanting to apply for a fire permit must phone the RFS on 6663 0000.

Despite falls of up to 50mm of rain in some places across the Northern Rivers, Mr Brett warned residents not to be complacent. He said campers must remain vigilant and ensure all campfires were extinguished properly.

"There is still a lot of bush out there that is fairly dry and has not burned for many years," he said.

Mr Brett said the fire danger warning for today was low to moderate.

For the latest information on fire conditions around NSW visit rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Topics:  rural fire service woodburn


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