NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) volunteers were called to a grass fire near Iluka Circuit, Taree yesterday afternoon.
Superintendent Kam Baker, RFS Mid Coast manager, said 37 RFS firefighters, nine appliances and two support vehicles supported by four aircraft quickly responded to the incident and commenced suppression of the fire. “There was no threat to property and the fire was contained to 11 hectares with the cause of the fire to be investigated”
RFS volunteers across the Mid North Coast region were well prepared during the extreme fire conditions of yesterday to respond to any outbreaks of fire.
Superintendent Baker said the area was lucky to have not had any major fires start as with the weather conditions experienced any fires that started could have spread very quickly and may have become a major threat.
“We will be experiencing milder conditions today and my advice to the community is not to become complacent as we will be expecting more severe fire weather in the future.
“Currently we have very dry fuels across the area and any ignition of these fuels will see erratic and dangerous fire behaviour. I ask all community members that if they see a fire that is not being attended by a fire appliance to immediately ring 000 (Triple Zero) and report it”.
“All households should have a current Bush Fire Survival Plan which is downloadable from the NSW RFS website (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au). When you are developing you Bush Fire Survival Plan it should be discussed with all of the family to ensure that everyone knows what to do when threatened by an approaching fire,” Superintendent Baker added.