‘ Big one’ threat­ens houses

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

GRAVE fears were held for the rich farm­ing area of Ben Lomond and Wandsworth.

Two out-of-con­trol fires sur­rounded the re­gion half­way be­tween Ar­mi­dale and Glen Innes; one 4885ha blaze to the north and an­other 559ha inferno to the south.

“There is a bus on standby should the res­i­dents need to evac­u­ate,” Ar­mi­dale Mayor Simon Mur­ray said. “There is no deny­ing the Wandsworth fire is a big one and there are a lot of houses there. Let’s hope they can con­trol the fires be­fore Tues­day.”

The blaze in the Car­rai Creek, 100km east of Ar­mi­dale, is about 124,000ha which is the equiv­a­lent of three-quar­ters of Syd­ney and its sub­urbs.

As of late yes­ter­day the fire was still out of con­trol and had breached con­tain­ment lines on the north­ern side.

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