Storms bring more fires

posted Nov 25, 2019, 2:32 PM by 2MG Real FM   [ updated Nov 25, 2019, 2:32 PM ]

With welcome rain falling across the Mid-Western Region, it’s brings with it a two-edge sword in the form of an intense lightning storm that started a number of fires and prompted a call for residents to be on the lookout for signs of smoke or fire.



By mid-morning on Yesterday, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service brigades had attended nine trees set ablaze by lightning strikes since Sunday night.



District Officer Andrew Williams of the Cudgegong RFS says they’ve had hundreds of lightning strikes in a broad band stretching from Yarrabin to Botobolar, with even more strikes scattered across other parts of the region.



He says the fires the have attended on Sunday night and Monday morning were just the first ones that people spotted from their homes or from roads in the district, and that It’s very important for people to keep a sharp lookout for signs of smoke or unattended fire.



District Officer Williams says the rain was the proverbial “drop in a bucket” which did little to change the fact that the paddocks and bushland in our district is bone dry and poses a substantial fire threat.