Five hour fire
Lightning strike blaze at Steam Plains
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.’’