BUSH and grass fires continue to burn across the region, but Rural Fire Service crews are optimistic they have them contained.
Today there is high fire danger across the region with permits in place again after they were suspended yesterday in the New England region with a very high fire danger rating for the area.
As of yesterday afternoon there were fires in the Armidale Dumaresq Shire, Glen Innes Severn Shire, Tamworth Regional and Tenterfield Shire council areas.
Tamworth RFS Superintendent Allyn Purkiss said permits were not suspended in the Tamworth, Liverpool Plains or Namoi/Gwydir regions yesterday.
Superintendent Purkiss said a Limbri fire was contained, with firefighters on the scene yesterday and a perimeter burnt around the fire on Tuesday night.
He said the fire flared up yesterday due to the hot and dry conditions and was considered to be deliberately lit.
“Police are looking at it,” he said.
“There was a burnt out vehicle in the area when we arrived, so we are suspecting a burnt out car has caused it.”
New England RFS Superintendent Steve Mepham said his region still had the Green Meadows fire burning in the Lower Creek area, the Dodds fire and Stony Creek fire.
“It is burning now within containment lines, so we’re feeling pretty comfortable with that and just dealing with fingers of fire,” he said.
“The Dodds fire is growing in size, but still within identified containment lines.
“It’s in some pretty rough country, but we’re hoping the natural features of wet gullies and creeks will keep it contained.
“We are monitoring it from the ground and air and National Parks is heavily involved in that.”
The Nowendoc fire at Stony Creek is also considered contained, with the National Parks and Wildlife Service also working on it.
Northern Tablelands RFS Manager Superintendent Chris Wallbridge said he had crews working on two fires near Drake and advised everyone to exercise extreme caution.
Namoi/Gwydir Inspector Brett Loughlin said his region had no fires yesterday and expected a high fire danger today, with permits still in place.