UPDATE 5.30am Monday: RURAL Fire Service volunteers brought a grass fire burning in swamp country south of Woodburn under control on Saturday afternoon.

What started with a dramatic plume of black smoke, the fire burnt across 30 hectares of land east of the Pacific Highway, 3km south of Woodburn.

RFS Northern Rivers superintendent Boyd Townsend said due to the heath country the fire generated plenty of smoke, but was not likely to cross the Pacific Hwy.

ORIGINAL REPORT: FIREFIGHTERS from the Rural Fire Service are expecting to bring a grass fire burning in swamp country south of Woodburn under control within the next three hours.

The fire is burning across 30 hectares east of the Pacific Highway, 3km south of Woodburn.

RFS Northern Rivers superintendent Boyd Townsend said due to the heath country the fire was generating plenty of smoke, but was not likely to cross the Pacific Highway.

It is currently moving slowly in a south-westerly direction due to the prevailing easterly winds.

Supt Townsend said a bulldozer arrived on scene at about 5.30pm to clean up the fire trails in the area and was expecting the fire to be under control by nightfall.

“There is no threat to any property,” he said.

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