Suspicious fire burns 6ha

February 28, 2018

A 6ha blaze burnt grass and lots of old fence posts belonging to the local land services.

Firefighters and police are asking residents to remain vigilant after yet another suspicious fire off Spring Drive, Corowa.

Crews from NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue Corowa attended the latest fire off Spring Drive, opposite Skehans Lane, last Wednesday around noon that burnt 6ha of grass belonging to the Local Land Services.
Six fire tankers attended the scene and about 30 firefighters including Fire and Rescue Corowa.
The fire was under control within an hour.
NSW RFS Southern Border Superintendent Pat Westwood told the Free Press the fire was being treated as suspicious and police were investigating.
“The fire burnt a lot of big fence posts, so it took out some pretty old fences and ran along the creek line just opposite Skehans Lane,” he said.
“Crews were pretty lucky to get it under control as quick as they did, obviously the grass is still pretty dry and is capable of carrying the fire.
“We ask people to be vigilant, especially when pulling up on the side of the road.
“There have been quite a few grass fires in the area, (Spring Drive) is a very busy road and we are investigating all of them.”
The incident follows another grass fire that occurred on January 24 near Collendina, off Spring Drive and about 17km from Corowa, which burnt 6ha of bushland.
Thick smoke blanketed the area as fire crews worked for six hours to extinguish the fire.
Anyone with information on the fires is urged to contact Corowa Police Station on (02) 6033 1144.

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