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February 9, 2023

Fire burning near Mount Warning

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A fire has been burning since Saturday afternoon on the ridge to the north of Mount Warning through both National Park (NP) and private land. So fa it has burnt through approximately 85ha though this exact figure is unconfirmed as it is in inaccessible country.

‘We have to go in on foot carrying nap sacks (like backpacks with water) and rake hoes,’ said superintendent David Cook of the far north coast rural fire service (RFS).

The RFS and National Parks are working together in a joint operation to manage the fire with two crews from NP of two people and one crew from the RFS working on the fire today.

‘We are currently using the rake hoes to make a mineral earth trail along the ridge,’ said superintendent Cook.

‘The fire is slowly spreading to the west but there are no houses in danger.’

The fire is currently being contained on the Ridgeline and they are trying to let the fuel inside burn out rather than risk the introduction of further fires.

‘We have a solid containment strategy if the fire comes down from the Ridgeline,’ said superintendent Cook.

‘It will be a long but meticulous process to extinguish it.’

It is not clear how the fire started and it is currently under investigation.


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