BUSHFIRES that forced the closure of two highways in the north on Wednesday were under control yesterday, with rain helping firefighters.
The Transport Management Centre yesterday reported the Gwydir Highway had reopened to traffic, 30km west of Glen Innes, following a bushfire on Wednesday afternoon.
Yesterday the fire was listed as under control by the Rural Fire Service, which suggested the grass fire had burnt out about 45 hectares of bushland.
Emergency services crews had earlier in the day been escorting vehicles through the affected area.
A fire burning 40km south of Tenterfield that closed the New England Highway on Wednesday was also under control.
It burnt out about 25 hectares of land either side of the highway, which reopened to traffic just after 6pm on Wednesday.
Yesterday afternoon nine fires, including the one at Tenterfield and the other at Glen Innes, were listed as being current incidents by the RFS.
All were also listed to be under control.
The bulk of the land affected was west of Armidale and toward the coast.