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Fire blazes along the ridge at Main Arm. Photo Ghofar Bourke.
Fire blazes along the ridge at Main Arm. Photo Ghofar Bourke.

Photo Eve Sinton
Photo Eve Sinton

Eve Jeffery

Winter is not over, yet high winds are feeding dozens of fires blazing up and down the New South Wales coastline.

Firefighters from NSWRFS and National Parks, are working to contain a fire burning at Upper Main Arm, north of Mt Jerusalem Nature Reserve.

The fire started late Saturday evening from a campfire and has burnt out approximately 31 hectares of bush land, in private property and National Park.

No homes are currently under threat, however residents in the area should monitor the situation.

This morning there are still seven fire fighting appliances with a combined effort from about 20 staff from both the Rural Fire Service and National Parks.

Photo Eve Sinton
Photo Eve Sinton

A water bombing helicopter is assisting with the fire fighting effort, as the fire is burning in remote inaccessible terrain. Fire fighters are looking at protecting homes only as the main fire is out of reach. There is no property under direct threat at present, however residents in the area are requested to be vigilant and monitor fire progress. If fire is threatening your property, call 000 immediately.

There are currently 107 fires alight in New South Wales.

Photo gallery Ghofar Bourke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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4 COMMENTS

  1. I drove from Main Arm through the Park to Uki on Sunday on Sunday and noticed a lot of smoke around, but the park road to Uki was still open, G

  2. Is the person responsible being prosecuted for destroying a National Park ?
    What do you mean by”There is no property under direct threat at present” ? I would have thought a National Park is definitely property !
    I suppose you mean that “seven fire fighting appliances with a combined effort from about 20 staff from both the Rural Fire Service and National Parks.” are ineffective at controlling the fire.
    G”)

    • Yup that’s right Leah,
      The national parks are professional, trained and capable, while the RFS are volunteers and are more capable in the lighting of fires, and not so much at putting them out !
      G”)

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