Beef cattle farmer Andrew Barber lost a shed and had 15 to 20 hectares of his land burnt out after the work of what he believes was arsonists yesterday morning.
He said the dry conditions meant the grass was like a bomb waiting to go off in a fire.
He leases the Moonbi property Romara on Tanglewood Rd and is now worried it could happen again.
“It’s just so dry, it’s just inviting someone, especially kids, to light it,” Mr Barber said.
“It’s just like a bomb waiting to go off with the gusty wind around here. They just seem to think it’s a joke, at someone else’s expense and time.”
Mr Barber runs angus cross cattle on the property that backs onto his home.
He said the hayshed only had a few loose bales because he’d been feeding out of it, but the Rural Fire Service had to cut the chain on the gate to extinguish the fire at 3am yesterday.
The fire reignited at 10.30am and blew easterly right up the side of the hill and into inaccessible country.
“The firefighters had to wait for it over the other side and there are still a lot of logs smouldering up there,” Mr Barber said.
“There were another two fires on Back Limbri Rd– a bloke just off Limbri Rd who had a spot fire in his property another one near the river.”
Mr Barber said his neighbour heard young people on the road early in the morning and could hear them yelling out.
“So that’s a possibility of how the fire started,” he said.
“Whether it flares again, I don’t know. It is quite gusty out here and I could lose a lot more. I had to shift all my stock out as a precaution.”
Police and fire crews have attended the property.
Tamworth RFS Inspector Steve Prior said the RFS were treating the fire as suspicious.
“We had another one along that same road on Friday night on the rail corridor,” he said.
Inspector Prior said the difficulty in getting the fire under control yesterday afternoon was that firefighters struggled against an east/south easterly breeze.
Eight units from Moonbi-Kootingal, Moore Creek, Limbri, Bendemeer and Piallamore attended the blaze to bring it under control.
Police said they were also treating the fires as suspicious until they knew otherwise, but wouldn’t know more until the fire area had cooled down.
Elsewhere in the region, Liverpool Plains RFS crews had a busy weekend with fires from Scone to Murrurundi.
Inspector Andrew Luke said the Murrurundi Common fire was still causing some issues with fire crews struggling to maintain it in the dry conditions.
There were grass fires at Willow Tree on Saturday and bush alight at Gunnedah.
New England RFS Superintendent Steve Mepham said they had had problems with four or five lightning strikes on the western and eastern sides of their region from the Thursday night storm.
Our region is supporting RFS crews down south with crews going from Liverpool Plains to the Greater Hunter and more crews leaving Tuesday, possibly for Sydney.