Fast work saves remote community from bushfire
A REMOTE northern community has withstood a bushfire three times the size of Kangaroo Island.
The fire started on the Northern Territory side of the border a week and a half ago in inaccessible terrain.
As the fire grew in the remote northwest of the state, two lone Country Fire Service units monitored its progress.
The fire was fanned by high winds late last week, sending it racing over dry scrubland and across the face of Mount Woodroffe, South Australia’s highest peak.
On Friday it entered the flatlands surrounding the remote community of Umuwa, 460km southwest of Alice Springs.
Members of the community and CFS personnel built extensive firebreaks around the camp.
On Friday evening the fire burnt around the community, which suffered no damage.
FANNING THE FLAMES: Fire burns across Mount Woodroffe, in northern SA, last week.