THE efforts of dozens of firefighters and at least seven aircraft overnight have paid off in the Narrabri area.
Fire officials confirmed this morning that eight large fires burning around the Narrabri-Bingara Rd area have been contained.
The fires were ignited by a lightning band which swept through the area yesterday afternoon.
Crews were quick to swing into action, calling on the help of aircraft from Gunnedah, Moree and Coonabarabran to fight the blaze.
NSW Fire and Rescue colleagues joined with Rural Fire Service volunteers to fight the blazes.
“The aircraft deployed did an extremely good job as well as ground crews responding to the area,” RFS spokesman Brendan Doyle told Fairfax Digital.
“It was a joint effort between community RFS ground crews and aviation aircraft sent to the area. They worked well and got a good result in comparison to what could have potentially happened with eight different fires burning at the same time.”
Mr Doyle said the fires would be patrolled by crews over the coming days and monitored for hot spots and possible re-ignitions.
He said the main priority for crews was to observe the area.
“There may have been lightning strikes we haven’t been able to detect,” Mr Doyle said. “We’ll be doing similar to what we have been for the last couple of days with observation flights flying over the lightning areas to detect possible ignitions or lightning strikes that haven’t been detected from the ground.
“We’ll also be looking right across the state. It’s important for residents and landholders if they see smoke or a fire without a truck in attendance to call 000 and give us the best details on the location of the fire which will allow us to get on top of it.”