A BLAZE at Halls Creek continues to burn and could threaten homes in the area.
The fire in Watson’s Creek Nature Reserve is believed to have ignited from a lightning strike and Rural Fire Service NSW crews have struggled to contain it.
“It’s quite serious in its potential once it gets out of the park to impinge on private property and structural assets,” Tamworth RFS inspector Peter Roffe said.
“At this stage there’s multiple small dwellings on Kalinda road, at least five or six small properties and another four to five large properties it’s starting to impact upon.”
No structures have been lost but bulldozer lines have been set up with crews stationed at properties to protect the homes.
The fire has spread across almost 600 hectares of bush land and moved rapidly in Sunday night’s winds.
Crews from Coonabarabran, the Liverpool Plains, Murrurundi, New England and the Clarence River along with national parks have been tasked to control the blaze.
Firefighters have given advice to property owners about protection and bringing their Bushfire Survival Plan up to speed.
The fire is being managed out of Armidale Mr Roffe said.
“We’ve got air support out of Armidale and if required we have access to the large air tanker, which we gave a run yesterday,” he said.
“The fire is slowly being controlled but it’s definitely still going in parts.”
Residents are advised to keep up to date with the rfs.nsw.gov.au website.