NSW Rural Fire Service crews have dealt with a number of fires due to lightning strikes

FIRE READY: NSW Rural Fire Service crews have been kept busy in recent days thanks to a number of fires being caused by lightning strikes.
FIRE READY: NSW Rural Fire Service crews have been kept busy in recent days thanks to a number of fires being caused by lightning strikes.

RECENT stormy weather around the region has caused difficulty for firefighters with several fires being caused by lightning strikes.

NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews were called to attend to separate bush fires in timbered country in both Baan Baa and Maules Creek on Thursday after lightning strikes sparked fires.

Three crews from the Namoi-Gwydir Fire Control Centre in Narrabri attended both the Yarranabee Road and Harparary Road scenes to help extinguish the blazes.

RFS Namoi-Gwydir district coordinator Scott Mack said crews fought the Baan Baa fire on foot due to there being “no vehicle access”.

“Due to the nature of the scene crews had to walk into the Baan Baa fire on foot,” Mr Mack said.

“That fire was the third in our district in a couple of days caused by lightning strikes.”

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Mr Mack said fires caused by lightning strikes are difficult to prevent.

“Those fires are just one of those natural things,” he said.

“However people can still be prepared for a fire to help stop it spreading and burning more area.

Mr Mack said residents who live on hills can be at risk during bush fires.

“If you live on a hill you can be at greater risk if there’s a fire because fire climbs hills quite rapidly.

“Our advice for those people and for all residents is to be prepared, have a fire plan, keep your grass short and your gutters clear, and as always if you see a fire report it.”

For more information about active fires or to create a fire plan visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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