Mulwala campfire licks tornado trees

A CAMPFIRE that spread led to the evacuation of 50 people from Kyffins Reserve at Mulwala yesterday.

NSW Rural Fire Service acting inspector Charles Anderson said the fire broke out about 1pm, spreading to heavy timber that had been uprooted by the March tornado.

He said 50 campers in the reserve were evacuated as a precaution.

Seven fire trucks and about 20 firefighters responded to the blaze.

Insp Anderson said crews were able to contain the fire to about five hectares with monitoring of the blaze continuing into the evening.

He said it was a reminder to keep watch of campfires at all time, to keep a minimum two-metre break around the fire and to check fire danger ratings for the day before lighting.

Insp Anderson said people who light campfires that end up spreading can face fines of up to $2200.

An investigation into the cause is under way.

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