Cooinee fire still burning
A fire believed to have originated from a tree struck by lightning almost two weeks ago is contained but ‘‘far from extinguished’’, according to the NSW Rural Fire Service Mid Murray Zone.
Unnoticed, and therefore unreported, the tree fire spread to burn about two hectares of timbered area on Cooinee Woods Station between Conargo and Jerilderie on Sunday night.
NSW Rural Fire Service Mid Murray zone manager Tony Whitehorn said while firefighters responded quickly to the call for help, efforts to fight the fire could not start until Monday morning due to inaccessibility.
Efforts to maintain fire breaks using bulldozers were continuing yesterday.
‘‘It is quite difficult terrain out there, so firefighters first had to go in by foot to determine what had to be done,’’ Mr Whitehorn said.
‘‘We organised a bulldozer overnight and (Monday) morning we cut a path through so our trucks could get in.
‘‘Starting about 7.30pm (Sunday), two units from the Conargo and Bolton Rural Fire Service brigades responded to the blaze.’’
When they returned to the property Monday, 10 firefighters were fighting the blaze with two appliances. Two command vehicles and staff we also there to provide assistance.
After a full day, fire breaks were finally in place but some were jeopardised overnight and had to be reformed yesterday.
While the fire continues to burn, and will continue to burn for coming days, the RFS said the chance of it spreading further is limited.
Firefighters remain on site to monitor the blaze.
While there little risk of lightning storms in coming days, Mr Whitehorn said the incident was a reminder for everyone to be vigilant.
Property owners are asked to monitor their property closely after lightning activity and report any fire activity immediately by calling 000.
Monitoring is particularly important in dense timber areas.
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