Two fires ignite over Christmas period

SUSPICIOUS: The fire scene at the rear of Tyre-power that caught alight last Monday.There was no Christmas break for local firefighters, who were called out to two fires – one that burned for two days – between December 22 and 26.

Young NSW Fire and Rescue was called to a small grass fire at the rear of Tyrepower in Lovell Street at 3pm on Monday, December 22.

However Tyrepower staff had the blaze out before firefighters arrived.

Staff said the fire was only metres away from a yard of old cars still containing oil and if caught alight, could have had a much worse outcome.

Police are treating the fire as suspicious and are continuing their investigations.

Lightning striking a tree in the Weedallion Moutain – about 12 kilometres south of Bribbaree – on Christmas Day has been blamed for the 120 hectare fire that ignited the following day.

South West Slopes Rural Fire Service spokesman David Nicholson said the rain had prevented the flames from spreading. But by 1pm on Boxing Day, when the rain cleared, the fire ignited.

Seven brigades – including the Monteagle RFS catering team, a dozer and aerial water bomber were dispatched to fight the blaze that burned for two days.

At one point the fire was deemed out of control for a number of hours.

“The reason why it burned for so long was because of the steep and inaccessible terrain… it was just hard to get to,” Mr Nicholson said.

“The RFS would like to thank the volunteers of those brigades who worked tirelessly in hard conditions.”

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