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Victorian and NSW crews work to put out fires

On Tuesday CFA crews were still monitoring the site of a fire which broke out in Timmering on Sunday while four volunteers from Moama Rural Fire Service joined NSW crews to fight a fire in Conargo.

RUTH CLAYTON AND TRENT HORNEMAN January 9, 2013 4:34am

Crews continue to monitor the site of a grassfire which broke out in Timmering on Sunday.


A fire which broke out in Timmering on Sunday has since been put out but is still being monitored.

The fire, which was brought under control on Sunday night, is thought to have been started by powerlines which were brought down by a fallen gum tree on Grey Rd, Timmering.

CFA district 20 rostered duty officer John Cutting said Timmering Fire Brigade members were monitoring ‘hot spots’, where trees affected by the fire were still hot or burning inside.

‘‘(They’re) making sure that everything is safe and there aren’t any breakouts,’’ Mr Cutting said.

Between four and five firefighters were rotating every hour yesterday to monitor the fire’s remains due to hot, dry conditions with temperatures in the high 30s.

Mr Cutting said the site of the fire was graded on Sunday to construct a fire break.

No structures were damaged in the fire.

Meanwhile, four Moama Rural Fire Service volunteers yesterday joined NSW firefighters to help battle a large fire east of Conargo.

NSW Rural Fire Service Murray East 3 deputy group captain Phil Masters said Moama firefighters Col Munro, Cath Williams, Martin Flannigan and Paul Hosking left yesterday afternoon.

Mr Masters said the crew would relieve crews which had battled the 2500 hectare grassfire through the night.

‘‘Because of the extreme fire conditions and the fact the fire is still out of control, our members volunteered to relieve crews,’’ he said.

‘‘This is something we do in large-scale fires such as this. We have crews on standby if fire broke out here.’’

Mr Masters said he was unsure if Moama firefighters would return to Conargo.

‘‘It depends on whether the fire can be brought under control or not. The conditions are certainly not favourable at the moment,’’ he said.

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