Total fire ban in place for northern NSW as conditions deteriorate

UPDATE @ 4.30 PM | A TOTAL fire ban for the Tweed Region and much of northern New South Wales has been extended into tomorrow, with dangerous fire conditions expected.

It comes as the Far North Coast weather area is predicted to reach ‘extreme’ in the early afternoon on Friday.

Neighbouring areas including Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Lismore and Clarence Valley Shires have also been included in the Total Fire Ban, whilst a local fire ban has also been imposed for the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast.

The NSW Royal Fire Service warns that under ‘extreme’ fire danger, fires will be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving.

“Only consider staying if you are prepared to the highest level,” they said.

During a Total Fire Ban you cannot light, maintain or use a fire in the open, or carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.

General purpose hot works such as welding, grinding or gas cutting, or any activity that produces a spark or flame are also not to be done in the open.

The NSW Rural Fire Service & Fire + Rescue NSW are standing up additional crews in preparation for tomorrow’s expected conditions.

EARLIER @ 8.30 AM | A total fire ban is now in place for the Tweed Region and much of northern New South Wales, as fire conditions deteriorate.

A severe fire danger rating has been issued with hot, dry conditions and northeasterly winds forecast for today.

Temperatures in Tweed Heads are nearing 30 degrees today, and pushing to 31 degrees tomorrow.

High 20s temps expected for the weekend and much of next week, with absolutely no rain in sight.

Though it is set to become quite windy mid-next week, which could worsen fire conditions.

While the total fire ban has only officially been declared for today, it is expected to continue tomorrow as well.

Similarly, just over the border, the Gold Coast is experiencing a ‘very high’ fire danger, which could escalate to ‘severe’ on Friday.

A total fire ban remains in place for the Gold Coast until midnight Saturday.

NSW Police

Man found dead just days after violent home invasion

Police are investigating the death of a man at a Tweed Heads South property, who was found just two days after he was allegedly robbed.

The 44-year-old was found dead at a Seymour Street unit on October 29, following reports of welfare concerns.

Just two days earlier, that same unit was the subject of a violent home invasion, where are man and woman – armed with a baseball bat – allegedly stormed the property and stole a mobile phone, a laptop, a gaming device and various personal items before fleeing in a car.

Police have since arrested two Queenslanders over the robbery, after they executed a search warrant in Bogangar yesterday.

A man and woman – both age 20 – have been charged with aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence.

The man was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today, while the woman was granted conditional bail and will front court next month.

It’s unclear if the two are connected to the death of the man.

Police have established Strike Force Nambruk to investigate, and are calling on anyone with information to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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Man arrested after picking up drug delivery from post office

A Tweed Heads man has been charged with importing drugs from overseas through the post.

The 18-year-old was arrested yesterday after going to Tweed Heads Post Office to pick up his delivery.

An investigation was launched earlier this month after 124 grams of MDMA was intercepted by Australian Federal Police in a package sent from the United Kingdom.

Police also raided a home on Semillon Court in Tweed Heads South following the man’s arrest.

Drug paraphernalia and electronic storage devices for Bitcoin transactions were also seized.

The 18-year-old was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with possess marketable quantity unlawful import border control drug and deal with the property proceeds of crime less than $100,000.

He front Tweed Heads Court today where he was granted conditional bail.

He’ll reappear in court on November 19.

Car blaze sparks grass fire on M1

Fire crews are working to put out a fire that’s broken out in Chinderah.

It’s understood a car erupted into flames southbound on the side of the Pacific Motorway, near Tweed Valley Way, with the flames quickly spreading to nearby grass.

Emergency crews are currently on scene trying to bring the blaze under control.

It’s not known how many people, if any, have been injured.

Major delays are being experienced in both directions with motorists urged to travel through the area with caution.

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Police officer injured, car thief on the run after pursuits in far north NSW

A POLICE officer has been injured after a car thief lead police on two pursuits through far northern NSW.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, a Subaru Liberty – bearing Queensland registration plates – was allegedly stolen from a home in Cabarita Beach.

Around 1.30pm, officers spotted the vehicle driving erratically, at speeds of up to 100km/h along Byangum Road, Murwillumbah.

The man behind the wheel apparently ditched the car and then ran off on foot.

A short time later, a white Hyundai i20 was allegedly stolen from a home at Bray Park.

Police eventually found that vehicle and a second pursuit was initiated.

It continued out of the Murwillumbah area, with the vehicle allegedly travelling at speeds of up to 150km/h, before eventually slamming into a highway patrol vehicle along Commissioners Creek Road, Commissioners Creek.

The man ran off again and remains on the run this morning despite the efforts of the dog squad and Queensland PolAir.

A male senior constable was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment to minor soft tissue damage; he has since been released.

Inquiries are continuing.