Tweed blaze burns through 300 hectares in two days near Pacific Highway

UPDATE @ August 21, 6.00AM | Fire fighters have now controlled a large bushfire that broke out in the Tweed region two days ago.

The blaze started in a small patch of grass near the M1 through Duranbah around lunch time on Wednesday, August 19.

It quickly burnt through over 200 hectares, with strong winds and dry conditions expanding it quickly.


Fire fighters have now spent about two days trying to control the flames, reporting this morning that it is contained.

The latest report on the NSW Rural Fire Service website says almost 300 hectares was destroyed in total.

EARLIER @ August 20, 8.15AM | Fire fighters are still working to contain a large bushfire burning just over the border.

It started near the Pacific Highway at Duranbah around midday yesterday, quickly occupying around 20 hectares of land.

No properties were under risk at the time, but residents in the area of Forest Hill Road and Tanglewood were told to monitor conditions.

The blaze has since spread, burning through more than 225 hectares of land overnight.

It’s still burning ‘out of control’ according to the NSW Rural Fire website, but it is still just at ‘advice level’.

EARLIER @ August 19 | A massive fire has broken out on the side of the Pacific Highway at Duranbah in the Tweed Shire.

The blaze is currently burning in the area of Clothiers Creek Road and the Pacific Highway at Duranbah, with multiple crews on scene working to battle the flames.

According to the NSW Rural Fire Service, the bushfire has already burnt through more than 160 hectares since it broke out just after 11.00am.

People who live in the area are being urged to keep an eye on the situation, with the fire burning out of control.

“Residents in area of Forest Hill Road and Tanglewood should monitor conditions, take advice from firefighters and follow bush fire survival plan,” the NSW RFS tweeted.

Motorists travelling through the area are also being urged to do so with caution, with significant smoke in the area.