RFS kept busy with fires

More than 2,000ha on three separate properties in the Cobar Shire were burnt out by bushfires over the weekend. The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Geandale,
Cobar Headquarters, Nymagee, Louth Road and Tindarey fire brigades were called upon to assist fight the three separate fires that occurred on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As the hot, dry weather (interspersed with thunderstorms) continues, NSW RFS is warning residents to continue to remain vigilant with an increased risk of grass fires. NSW RFS Acting District Manager Brad Lennon urged residents when reporting a fire or suspected fire, to please contact 000 to allow the closest help to be activated. ▪ Photo contributed

Cobar Shire residents are being warned to plan and prepare for a fire with the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) issuing a ‘Moderate’ Fire Danger Rating for today.

NSW RFS Acting District Manager Brad Lennon said with the continued hot, dry weather and thunderstorms over the weekend, the RFS brigades have been kept very busy.

Cobar Headquarters, Geandale, Louth Road and Tindarey rural fire crews attended a fire that was caused by a lightning strike just before 1.30pm on Sunday at Cable Downs, 40km north west of Cobar.

The fire burnt out approximately 997ha before it was contained at 2am on Monday morning.

The Nymagee Rural Fire Brigade assisted with another fire at Piney south of Nymagee at around 7.30pm on Saturday which is also believed to have been caused by another lightning strike.

Approximately 600ha was burnt out before it was contained.

An area of approximately 700ha was burnt at Nullawarra, 30km south of Cobar, on Friday after a hot motor accidentally ignited dry grass at around 5.30pm.

Geandale and Cobar Headquarters crews assisted.