A LOAD of printing paper only fuelled a fire that broke out in a B-double truck near Narrabri yesterday.
The Newell Highway was shut for about an hour after the blaze broke out just before 2pm, about 50km south of Narrabri.
Traffic was banked up for about a kilometre in each direction as RFS crews battled to stop the blaze from spreading.
RFS Inspector Brett Loughlin said it was fortunate crews were nearby at the time.
“All the units were actually nearby in the Pilliga doing some training firefighting operations,” he said.
“When the call came in we were able to send three trucks pretty quickly.”
The prime mover and a trailer were well alight when they arrived. Water was the biggest problem for firefighters, however.
A backhoe and an RMS bulk water carrier, which was working nearby, were called in, as were further crews from Narrabri.
“The A trailer was destroyed, while a second trailer suffered some damage,” Inspector Loughlin said.
“With that amount of resources, the crews worked pretty quickly and were able to restore one lane of the highway fairly quickly, which was good.”
Crews remained on the scene for several hours, extinguishing hot spots, before the road fully reopened late yesterday.