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Drake fire contained but still work to do

The scene in Rappville. Photo: RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons via Twitter
The scene in Rappville. Photo: RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons via Twitter

There's good news.

The Kildare Road fire burning to the west of Tenterfield has been contained.

But crews are continuing to work to strengthen containment lines on the fireground.

The RFS asks people to follow the direction of firies working in the area.

If you are in areas north-west towards the Bruxner Highway including Roos Road, Haddocks Road, Sunnyside Loop Road and Sunnyside Platform Road, or west towards the Bruxner Highway, Woodside Road and Frost Road, monitor conditions in case the situation changes.

The other fire in the Tenterfield area - the Drake fire also is being controlled.

The fire crossed Clarence River and burnt in an easterly direction through the Keybarbin State Forest and Mount Belmore State Forest, towards Coonngbar and Wyan Creek.

Firefighters continue to work to contain the fire and strengthen containment lines.

Clarence Way remains closed and is expected to remain so for some time.

THURSDAY: The RFS says the Kildare Road fire is continuing to burn to the west of Tenterfield.

Crews will spend Thursday working to strengthen containment lines and patrol the fireground.

If you are in areas north-west towards the Bruxner Highway including Roos Road, Haddocks Road, Sunnyside Loop Road and Sunnyside Platform Road, or west towards the Bruxner Highway, Woodside Road and Frost Road, monitor conditions in case the situation changes.

The Drake fire crossed Clarence River and burnt in an easterly direction through the Keybarbin State Forest and Mount Belmore State Forest, towards Coonngbar and Wyan Creek.

Again, firefighters will continue to work to contain the fire.

Clarence Way remains closed and is expected to remain so for some time.

Roads on the western edge of town were closed on Tuesday afternoon after fire again threatened Tenterfield, fanned by hot westerly winds. Photo by Melinda Campbell.

Roads on the western edge of town were closed on Tuesday afternoon after fire again threatened Tenterfield, fanned by hot westerly winds. Photo by Melinda Campbell.

WEDNESDAY: The Kildare Road fire was started just west of the Tenterfield on Tuesday afternoon was being brought under control overnight as conditions on the fireground eased. The RFS advises there is no immediate threat to properties in the area but that residents should monitor conditions in case the situation changes.

Crews will continue to work on the fire today in an effort to fully contain it.

Mayor Peter Petty said while 170 hectares of land was burnt out and several landholders had close calls, he hasn't been informed of any structural losses apart from fences.

Fortunately a BlazeAid camp is already established at Tenterfield Showground to lend assistance in that regard.

Over Tenterfield on Tuesday. Photo: NSW RFS

Over Tenterfield on Tuesday. Photo: NSW RFS

Meanwhile the fire burning in the Drake and Ewingar area is over 78,200 hectares in size and remains out of control.

The RFS has said it expects to identify containment lines today and, of course, protect homes where required.

The Clarence Way remains closed and is expected to remain so for some time.

Yesterday afternoon fire activity increased on the south eastern side of the Long Gully Road fireground in the areas of Ewingar and Broadwater Flat.

The fire crossed the Clarence River and burnt in an easterly direction through the Keybarbin State Forest and Mount Belmore State Forest, towards Coongbar and Wyan Creek.

"The conditions are much easier today but we're in this cycle of bad weather, we get some easing days and then we're back into it," RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers told the Seven Network.

"We've already lost 44 homes up until these fires, and if we've lost that (30) number more, it's going to be a really bad fire season."

The tiny crumb of comfort is that rain is expected across northern NSW on Friday.

If you are in the areas of Ewingar, Broadwater Flat, Keybarbin State Forest and the Mount Belmore State Forest put your bush fire survival plan into action and monitor conditions closely.

Continue to patrol your property for embers and extinguish all spot fires that can threaten properties.