Five hour fire

Light­ning strike blaze at Steam Plains

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS - By ZOE MC­MAUGH

Fire caused by light­ning burned more than 1100 hectares of grass­land and tim­ber in the Steam Plains area on Sun­day night.

Start­ing in the Oo­lam­beyan Na­tional Park, the fire spread onto a Steam Plains prop­erty and burned for another five hours af­ter be­ing re­ported be­fore be­ing brought un­der con­trol.

NSW Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice Mid-Mur­ray Zone dis­trict of­fi­cer Phil Bruns­don said there were some fears strong winds later in the evening might have caused the fire to break con­tain­ment lines, but he said fire­fight­ers from four dis­trict brigades suc­cess­fully kept it un­der con­trol.

‘‘The fire was re­ported by a se­nior vol­un­teer about 4.30pm. It started in the Na­tional Park and spread into grass­land, and then just took off,’’ Mr Bruns­don said.

‘‘We de­clared the fire fully con­tained about 9.30pm.

‘‘We had 20 fire­fight­ers re­spond with eight ap­pli­ances — from the Booroor­ban, Conargo, Gool­gum­bla and Ar­goon brigades.

‘‘We also had three graders mak­ing con­tain­ment lines, supplied and op­er­ated by land­hold­ers.

‘‘The fire did burn a large area, but there were no prop­erty losses of loss of life. It mainly just burned grass and tim­ber.’’

Mr Bruns­don said the to­tal perime­ter of the fire, ac­cord­ing to RFS maps, was about 17.4km.

He said it could have been larger if Sun­day evening’s winds had been more se­vere.

‘‘The wind change at mid­night did cause some con­cern.

‘‘We were scared it would jump con­tain­ment lines and get go­ing again.

‘‘Mem­bers of the crew will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the fire over com­ing days.’’

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