Pile burn fire gets out of control: PHOTOS

THE Rural Fire Service brigades from Tilba, Narooma and Dalmeny rushed to bushfire on Thursday afternoon after a landowner on Ridge Road lost control of his pile burn.

RFS crews got the call at around 1.10pm after a gust of wind pushed the fire from a pile burn onto bushland on the same property.

The landowner said it happened so suddenly and the fire grew very quickly but he praised the volunteer firefighters for their quick and professional response.

The fire was contained to around 1 hectare and the volunteers spent the afternoon mopping up and blacking out.

This is not the first call in the past week, as local brigades have been called out to several incidents of private landowner’s hazard reduction burns requiring their attention and checking.

Even though it is the non-permit winter season, incident controller and Tilba brigade captain Bruce Allen reminded property owners that neighbours still needed to be notified 24 hours beforehand.

The fire control centres for either Eurobodalla or Bega also had to be notified a day before the planned hazard reductions or pile burns, a burn plan was required for activities over a certain size.

The RFS did encourage people to conduct hazard reduction on their properties and now was the time of year to conduct such activities, but the above steps needed to be ticked beforehand.


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