TEAM EF­FORT TO FIGHT BLAZES

NSW re­in­force­ments sent in to help our fireys

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A FIRE that broke out last Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at Mun­dub­bera-Durong Rd near Mun­dub­bera spread across 1800 hectares, with 32 fire­fight­ers work­ing late into the night, and from early Thurs­day morn­ing, to con­tain the blaze.

Area Com­man­der for the North Bur­nett Kent Free­man said the fire was con­tained in the early hours of last Thurs­day and there was no fur­ther im­me­di­ate threat.

“We have no idea what caused the fire, it started along the road­side so it’s any­body’s guess,” Mr Free­man said.

“The wind would have got be­hind it and caused it to spread, so it was go­ing pretty well in the early stages.”

The fire burnt slowly overnight, with the winds drop­ping away and the tem­per­a­tures de­creas­ing.

No dam­age was re­ported from the fire.

The mag­ni­tude of the fire con­tributed to a strike team of 16 NSW fire­fight­ers be­ing tasked to the North Bur­nett on Thurs­day, how­ever crews were no longer re­quired at the scene.

Mr Free­man said it was im­por­tant to have in­ter­state sup­port avail­able.

“We de­ployed the NSW strike team to a fire on a prop­erty at Bouby­jan be­fore they de­parted and went to Deep­wa­ter on Thurs­day,” Mr Free­man said.

“With those se­vere weather con­di­tions – winds, low hu­mid­ity high tem­per­a­tures – if we get mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions of fires we can be re­ally strapped.

“Be­cause those con­di­tions were ex­treme and un­prece­dented we had na­tional as­sis­tance to jump on fires quickly, be­fore they got out of con­trol.”

Two wa­ter bombers work­ing out of Gayn­dah Air­port helped fight an­other fire at Kalpowar at the week­end. Be­tween them they dropped 18,000 litres of foam so­lu­tion.

Mr Free­man hoped Tues­day’s rain would re­duce the num­ber of fires through­out the re­gion.

“That rain was def­i­nitely wel­comed,” he said.

“De­pend­ing on where we get rain and how much of it, it can re­ally help us out a lot.

“We’re hop­ing to get a lot of rain on the coast which will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the fire risk and drop the fire rat­ing down.”

If you see a fire re­port it im­me­di­ately by call­ing 000.

PHOTO:CON­TRIBUTED

TEAM EF­FORT: A strike team of 16 New South Wales fire­fight­ers was called into the North Bur­nett.

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