Bushfires threaten World Heritage wilderness west of Kempsey

Bushfires threaten World Heritage wilderness west of Kempsey

04 November 2013

published by http://www.abc.net.au

Australia — Two large bushfires burning in remote country west of Kempsey are threatening World Heritage listed wilderness areas.

The Racecourse Trail and Dungay Creek fires have now burned across almost seven thousand hectares of mainly public forest.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) expects to declare a Section 44 Emergency for the two fires later today so out-of-area help can be called in.

RFS operations manager Brian Daley said spotting from the fires yesterday saw then increase in size.

“Getting containment on them is going to be quite because wet gullies, creek lines, rainforest areas which normally fire doesn’t burn into is not having any effect,” he said.

“The conditions are that dry that it’s just burning through all of those normal good containments.

“There are no properties under threat but there is of course World Heritage listed areas in there and the environmental impact is quite serious.”

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