UPDATED: Myriad roads closed in north, Pacific Hwy closed

The Pacific Highway is closed and the Oxley Highway is closed and shall remain so for a while

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The Myall Creek fire on Friday that severed north south traffic from the coast to the tablelands north of Grafton. Photo by RFS.

The Myall Creek fire on Friday that severed north south traffic from the coast to the tablelands north of Grafton. Photo by RFS.

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UPDATED: The Pacific Highway is closed. Repair teams have been sent to fix the Oxley Highway between Long Flat and Walcha, damaged by intense fires.

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UPDATED:

The Pacific Highway was re-opened Friday night under police escort for trucks with all traffic moving freely by Saturday morning but as northerly winds increase in the day, RFS says the highway could shut again at short notice.

Consult these excellent information resourcs:

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me

https://www.livetraffic.com/

RFS, RMS and Pacific Complete staff worked together to plan the best way to manage fires either side of the Pacific Highway at New Italy. Photo by RFS.

RFS, RMS and Pacific Complete staff worked together to plan the best way to manage fires either side of the Pacific Highway at New Italy. Photo by RFS.

Friday:

North-South traffic between Ballina and Grafton on the coast has been cut due to fire threat from the Myall Creek blaze, covering more than 40,000 hectares north of the Clarence River, closing the Pacific Highway "for some time" according to authorities.

At the same time the Summerland Way north of Grafton is shut, as are two bush alternate routes - the Clarence Way through Baryulgil and the Whiporie to Coraki road through Bungawalbyn.

The 3.5-hour diversion takes vehicles west to Tenterfield along the Bruxner Highway and back to the coast along the Gwyder Highway, east of Glen Innes.

Trucks will likely stay on the New England Highway heading south to the Hunter.

All B-Double trucks have been grounded.

The Oxley Highway is in need of serious repair. Photo: RMS

The Oxley Highway is in need of serious repair. Photo: RMS

EARLIER

The Oxley Highway will remain closed between Long Flat and Walcha for up to four weeks because of the ongoing impact of severe bushfires.

Blazes have caused substantial damage requiring the removal of fallen trees and rocks, and the restoration of damaged guard rails and road surface.

Also, four retaining walls have been extensively damaged by the fires.

These need to be replaced.

Waterfall Way remains closed in both directions between Guyra Road, Ebor and Wollombombi Village Road, Wollombombi.

Thunderbolts Way between Nowendoc and Curriciabarc Rd is closed.

Red Hill Rd between Rollands Plains Rd and Cooperabung Range Rd is closed.

The Ginger Creek Roadhouse on the Oxley Highway has had a long, hard three weeks.

Owner Garry Hartas said the roadhouse is on 6 hectares with five dwellings and he's continually doing rounds to make sure no embers have sparked new fires.

"When the fire got within 500 metres of the place they allowed me to back burn, so it's a lot safer now, you've just got to be vigilant," he said.

"I saw a (potential) customer seven days ago, but he didn't stop."

Mr Hartas said he had a lot of fuel on site and a three-tonne gas tank.

"If it gets anywhere near that I'll be running," he said.

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