A GRASS fire raged out of control last Friday morning on Sunset Avenue, Wingham. Local residents fought to control the blaze with watering cans and hoses before fire crews arrived.
RFS and Fire and Rescue NSW crews from Wingham, Tinonee and Taree were on the scene quickly and brought the fire under control within an hour.
The fire came within half a metre of a house and shed but did not damage the buildings. It is not known how much land burned but initial estimates suggest 30-40 acres.
It is uncertain what caused the fire, but according to fire crews the hot, windy and very dry conditions contributed to the speed and difficulty of controlling the flames.
Fire crews were still on the scene at 2pm blacking out and investigating the cause of the fire. The fire is not considered to have been deliberately lit.