Lightning sparks fires
Lightning strikes sparked two fires in the local region on Monday night.
The first fire was about 6pm when a tree was struck off Noorong Rd, west of Deniliquin.
Mid Murray Rural Fire Service zone manager Tony Whitehorn said Noorong brigade members were extinguished the fire fairly easily and limited its spread.
He said due to the electrical storm activity, firefighters were preparing for more severe conditions than what eventuated.
‘‘We had a lot of strikes but it seems it was jet wet enough to not be any real trouble,’’ he said.
Off the Swan Hill-Balranald Rd — which is also referred to as the Stoney Creek Rd — a lightning strike caused a fire which burned about 30ha of stubble paddock and saltbush.
‘‘Two units from Murray Downs and three from Koraleigh responded about 8pm, and they were back in the station at 10pm.’’
GRINDER CAUSES FIRE
A fire caused by sparks from an angle grinder came close to damaging infrastructure at a Wakool property on Tuesday.
The Wakool and Tullakool NSW Rural Fire Service brigades responded to the blaze, reported as a bushfire, about 11.45am.
The flames burned about 1.5 hectares of scrub on the property, and luckily no infrastructure was affected.
Firefighters had the blaze completely under control by 2.15pm.