PLUMES of black smoke billowed hundreds of metres into the air yesterday as fire crews were called back yet again to a notorious hotspot.
Locks Ln in Tamworth is a well-known dumping ground for goods, but lately it’s become a popular spot for suspicious grassfires.
Fire and Rescue NSW received five triple-0 calls for help from passing motorists after they noticed flames taking hold of the grass, and the dry conditions only fuelled the blaze.
Two Tamworth tankers were sent to mop up the blaze, but Tamworth Regional Council decided it had had enough and requested a hazard-reduction burn, to put a lid on any further callouts.
Firefighters backburned about two hectares before extinguishing the blaze.
Only last month a blaze broke out in the same area, burning several hectares.