Fast work saves re­mote com­mu­nity from bush­fire

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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.

Pic­ture: CFS

FAN­NING THE FLAMES: Fire burns across Mount Woodroffe, in north­ern SA, last week.

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