IT WAS a race against time last night as fire crews battled to extinguish an out-of-control grass fire near Moree.
The blaze erupted late yesterday afternoon in the Ticklebelly Flat area and quickly took hold in the dry grasslands. About 20 RFS firefighters, as well as crews from Fire and Rescue NSW, fought the flames which spread over 50 hectares in no time.
Namoi-Gwydir RFS Inspector Brett Loughlin said early investigations suggested the fire was
suspicious. “It’s a large area of grassland and a large amount grass that could burn quite well,” he said.
“Crews are pushing to put it out ahead of the total fire ban, which will be in force from midnight.”
The RFS was hoping last night’s cooler temperatures would stem the spread of the flames before a hot spell rolled in.
The blaze capped off a frenzied 24 hours for the Namoi Gwydir RFS with six callouts across the region. Photo: Moree Champion