The Rural Fire Service (RFS) remains at the scene of a fire near Carroll, after the blaze was brought under control.
At 4pm, a spokesperson for RFS told the NVI there were still firefighters attending the scene at the cotton gin, supported by Gunnedah Shire Council.
“At the height of the fire, there was two trucks from Fire and Rescue, a pumper and a tanker, and we had three of our own vehicles as well,” the RFS spokesperson said.
“Those brigades were Piallaway, Curlewis and Gunnible.”
The spokesperson said the fire was among “a number of the cotton trash piles to the rear of the property”.
“Two of those [cotton trash] piles were involved. The other two piles were essentially contained, so the fire didn’t get to those,” the spokesperson said.
“A couple of bulk tankers from Gunnedah Shire Council were mobilised to support, which they did, and also they mobilised a front-end loader to break apart the piles so that they could extinguish the seat of the fire.”
The spokesperson said the fire would continue to be supervised.
“They will continue [breaking apart the piles] into the early evening and then tonight [Carroll Cotton Gin] itself will have staff there overnight just monitoring the trash piles, so to speak,” the spokesperson said.
The Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Gunnedah Fire & Rescue NSW are working to control a fire at Carroll Cotton Gin.
An RFS spokesperson said half a hectare of cotton waste was alight and the RFS was alerted to the fire at 11.30am. The fire is approximately 15 kilometres south of Carroll.
“We’ve got crews who are attending to the fire assisted by Fire and Rescue NSW and they’re currently working to control the fire, which is burning in cotton waste. The size of that pile is about half a hectare in size,” the spokesperson said.
“It’s being controlled and there’s no threat to any properties in the area.”
Three RFS trucks and two Fire and Rescue trucks attended the scene.