Fire breaks containment lines in Australia's New South Wales

10:29, October 16, 2009      

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A bushfire burning in northern New South Wales has broken containment lines as strong winds continue to put pressure on fire fighters.

Gusty conditions overnight fanned the blaze at Brooms Head, near Grafton, which has now flared up in Red Cliff reserve, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) says as quoted by the Australian Associated Press Friday.

On Friday morning, the fire was moving towards the Red Cliff camping ground which was evacuated on Wednesday shortly after the blaze broke out.

The fire has scorched about 3,000 hectares and came within meters of homes in the coastal village on Wednesday night.

Residents were on edge until early morning on Thursday when fire fighters got the upper hand on the fire front approaching the town.

But conditions worsened overnight with strong southwesterly winds fanning the fire across the Brooms Head Road containment line, the RFS said Friday.

"Crews today will reestablish containment lines on the northern end of the fire," RFS Superintendent Matt Inwood said. "Southwesterly winds are due (on Friday) which will put pressure on crews."

No homes are under threat from any of the fires, but residents are advised to remain vigilant as smoke and embers continue to emanate from the blaze.

Source: Xinhua
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