West Tamworth grass fire 'intensified by dry, windy conditions' | Photos

ON SCENE: Fire crews fight a West Tamworth fire on Sunday night.
ON SCENE: Fire crews fight a West Tamworth fire on Sunday night.

FIREFIGHTERS were met with fierce three-metre-high flames when they responded to a fast-moving grass fire in hot, windy conditions on Sunday night. 

Crews from Fire and Rescue NSW 452 Tamworth received multiple triple-0 calls about 9.30pm to a grass fire moving towards homes near Green Street and Cole Road, West Tamworth. 

Fire and Rescue NSW Zone Superintendent Tom Cooper said  there was a large amount of smoke around Tamworth due to strong winds pushing from the bush fires around Coolah and Dunedoo.

“(But on arrival), cews were faced with an intense fire with a flame height of about three metres, whipped along by strong winds,” Superintendent Cooper said.

“With the help of the RFS, crews were able to black-out a long hazard reduction burn to create a buffer zone.”

The fire was contained within half and hour, but crews spent further time back burning and extinguishing with hose lines.