An out-of-control bushfire threatening homes on the state’s north coast is being pushed north by strong winds, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) says.
At 9.26pm (AEDT), the RFS said the blaze was burning near the corner of Byron Bay Road and Bundaleer Road in the Lennox Head area.
It is covering about 100 hectares of bush and is expected to impact properties in the area.
The RFS says about 12 properties are now threatened by the fire.
Thirty firefighters are at the scene.
Earlier, the RFS had advised the fire had been burning further south near Byron Bay Road and Tobin Close.
It said the fire would be “uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast-moving”.
“Embers will be blown ahead of the fire, creating spot fires that will move quickly and in different directions,” the RFS said on its website.
It said spot fires could threaten homes earlier than a main fire front.
RFS spokesman Ben Shepherd told AAP the fire was burning in heathland in the area.
“It burns very quickly and very hot, and will create huge flame heights,” he said.
He said the fire was being pushed quickly towards the threatened homes.
“They’ll probably come under threat within the hour,” he said.
He said conditions were expected to ease later on Sunday night “as the southerly (wind) starts to die”.