FRIDAY 4.15pm: Firefighters are battling to control a bushfire burning near Inverell.
A "watch and act" warning has been issued for a number of residents near the fire in the Gum Flat area.
Police and RFS volunteers are on scene, doorknocking some properties which could come under threat.
The fire is spreading and is believed to be more than 180 hectares in size.
Some roads have been closed as firefighters try and bring the blaze under control.