Conditions eased slightly overnight but a fire continues to burn in bushland to the west of Cabarita Beach in the Bogangar and Tanglewood area.

“Conditions eased slightly this evening, allowing crews to implement containment strategies with back-burning operations under way along the Tweed Coast Road, north of Cabarita Beach and along Duranbah Road to Andersons Road, approximately 1.5km east of the Pacific Highway,” the Rural Fire Service said.

“Clothiers Creek Rd remains closed, however, local access is available based on the operational situation at the time.”
 
With more favourable conditions forecast for today, firefighters hope to continue strengthening containment lines in order to gain the upper hand.

Under these conditions fires can be difficult to control and flames may burn from the ground to the tree tops. Embers may be blown ahead of the fire and create spot fires that can threaten earlier than the predicted main fire front. These spot fires can occur up to 2km ahead of the main fire.

Properly prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety during the fire.

Activate your bush fire survival plan. If you don’t have a bush fire survival plan, ensure you know what you will do if the fire does threaten your property.

If you plan to leave, make sure the path is clear and that you leave well before the fire threatens.

If you plan to stay and defend your property from the fire, make sure you and your home are properly prepared.

If the fire is approaching and you have doubts about your ability to protect your life and home, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Continue to stay up-to-date with the bush fire situation by checking the RFS website, listening to your local radio station or by calling 1800 679 737.

Local road closures may be in place and the public is asked to stay away from the area.

Heavy smoke is impacting on the Pacific Highway. People driving in the area should slow down and turn on their headlights.