Blaze burns out 400ha near Gunnedah

Monday 9am:The bushfire which was burning between Milroy Road and Wandobah Road, south of Gunnedah has now been contained.

The fire started on Saturday afternoon, burning out over 100 hectares.

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Firefighters continued to monitor the fire ground throughout last night, and residents are being warned fire affected trees may be a threat along Wandobah and Milroy Roads. 

People are urged to take care in these areas.

AN OUT-of-control bushfire yesterday continued to burn south of Gunnedah, with properties coming under threat at the weekend.

The fire, between Milroy and Wandobah roads, started just after 3pm on Saturday and has burned out more than 400 hectares.

Firefighters from the NSW Rural Fire Service and the National Parks and Wildlife Service continued to work to slow the spread of the fire throughout Saturday night, but the fire continued to threaten properties, fences and sheds on Wandobah and Milroy roads. 

There were no properties lost, with crews performing property-protection duties.

Crews from as far away as Wingen responded to the fire, as did firefighters from Currabubula, Gunnedah, Curlewis and Piallaway, with five tankers, one helicopter and two fixed-wing aircraft brought in to help fight the blaze.

They have been backburning to construct containment lines, and a dozer line was also put in.

A Rural Fire Service spokesman said they did not yet know what started the fire.

Yesterday there was still a lot of fire activity and plenty of trees alight.

A spokesman said there were “a couple of spots outside the containment lines to the west” that were being fought with aircraft.

The Northern Tablelands had its fair share of fires at the weekend too, with a fire on Copeton Dam Rd threatening houses and closing the road on Saturday.

It has burned more than 800 hectares.

Five crews were on scene yesterday working to consolidate the containment lines.

A fire on Old Bundarra Rd is now at patrol status.

The Hobden Hill fire between Barraba and Manilla is in the hands of National Parks staff, who are patrolling it.

Crews from the region were yesterday waiting to hear whether they would be assisting our neighbours in Coonabarabran to help put out a fire that has burned about 4500 hectares.

It was being controlled yesterday, with a Section 44 in place, which is a declaration for some outside help and the appointment of an incident controller.

Crews on the ground and in aircraft are battling this fire.

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