Homes were threatened and grassland burnt near Myrtle Creek and Lyal.January 8, 2014 4:36am
It took more than 150 CFA and Department of Environment and Primary Industry firefighters and four aircraft to control two fires which threatened homes at Myrtle Creek and Lyal on Monday.
Emergency warnings were issued for residents in the area as one fire travelled north towards Lake Eppalock, while strong southeasterly winds pushed a second fire into the Kimbolton State Forest.
Redesdale Fire Brigade captain Glenn Brown said about 35 CFA appliances from around the area and about three DEPI tankers and 12 slip-ons battled the two fires for about an hour and a half.
Mr Brown said four homes had been threatened with flames coming within about 100m of the properties.
‘‘The fire burnt completely around the homes,’’ he said.
‘‘The DEPI and CFA crews actually saved the houses. It was a good result.’’
He said wheel bearings from a semi-trailer had been confirmed as the one cause of the two fires.
‘‘It looks like faulty bearings basically disintegrated and caused hot metal fragments to hit the grass on the sides of the road, about 15m apart,’’ he said.
While the fires were contained, Mr Brown said crews were still mopping up.
‘‘Ten tankers are on scene monitoring a number of trees which are still burning,’’ he said.
Mr Brown urged people to take care this fire season.
‘‘We ask people to take care and be vigilant during fire season as this happened on a non-high fire risk day.’’
CFA operations officer district Bruce Quarrier was running the district emergency control centre during Monday’s fire.
Mr Quarrier confirmed reports a volunteer firefighter had knocked his head during the operation.
‘‘The firefighter slipped off an appliance and hit the back of his head and was treated on scene,’’ he said.
He said a total of 79 hectares had been burnt.
Fire crews in the air and on the ground contained the fire just before 6pm.
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