Rural Fire Service firefighters have had a busy 24 hours in the North West with fires in Moree, Wee Waa and surrounds.
Inspector Angela Daly said crews were patrolling fires that had reignited and had also attended fires that had started within the past day or so, including at least one that was suspected arson.
On Tuesday night a fire broke out in Billa St, Yarraman under suspicious circumstances.
Yarraman is up the Carnarvon Highway from Moree and three units from Moree and Ashley attended the fire which involved 11 RFS firefighters.
Inspector Daly said the crews worked on the fire for three hours to bring it under control with police assistance.
“The fire was burning towards a house at one stage, but the crews got on the scene in time to contain it,” she said.
“It was just lucky it was later in the day and conditions were a little more benign than earlier. We had some timber smouldering and it will be patrolled for the next couple of days.”
Police are continuing their investigations into the fire and RFS crews are still patrolling.
A fire that started in Moree on December 17 reignited yesterday.
“We had crews on scene for a couple of days after the fire, which threatened a house and was burning quite intensely for a while there,” Inspector Daly said.
A tree in the burnt area reignited yesterday be- cause of the wind and high temperatures, so a crew extinguished it but continued to patrol the area.
There was also a fire in Wee Waa yesterday out of town on Cotton Ln which was contained quickly by Springs Plains crews assisted by the Wee Waa crews.
It reignited later in the morning and crews were on the scene patrolling.
North of Pallamallawa, a fire burnt out 100 hectares of stubble paddocks.
“It didn’t threaten property and could’ve been a lot worse, but lucky the crews got it contained,” Inspector Daly said.
There was an air crew at the Moree airport all day with two fixed-wing bombers ready for action and available for the North West area.
Each aircraft carries 3000 litres and co-ordinates with ground crews to contain fires.
Inspector Daly said extra staff were brought into the Narrabri office in preparation for the fire conditions and are set up and ready to go should anything happen.
“We are on a heightened state of alert because of the weather,” she said.