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6-7 January 2004


Firefighters ease threat from Goonoo State Forest Fire -4.30pm

Fire is still burning in Goonoo State Forest however the threatto surrounding properties has eased due to excellent work by firefighters.Located 30km northeast of Dubbo, this fire has now burnt out 1800ha.
At this stage the fire remains within containment lines as weather conditionstoday were milder than expected.
Ballimore local landholders are continuing to work with fire crews to preparetheir homes though properties remain unthreatened.
Large numbers of firefighters are working on hot spots in the southwest andsoutheast of the fire that are not yet fully secure and could potentially posesome risk.
Crews are maintaining and deepening containment lines on the southeast edge ofthe fire and are preparing to improve secondary control lines.
Four helicopters and five fixed wing aircraft have continued waterbombingoperations today, assisting crews with spot fire containment and layingretardant lines.
Firefighters from around the state are preparing for crew change at 6.30pm andwill give local crews a well deserved rest.
Weather conditions are expected to improve tomorrow with temperatures expectedto exceed 40 degrees and winds gusting to 50 knots.
07/01/2004 at 04:48PM

Firefighters continue to work on Goonoo State Forest blaze

Overnight more than 200 firefighters from across the stateworked on containment lines. Significant backburning was completed on theeastern edge of the fire, though the south west edge of the fire could causeconcern later this afternoon.
Eight strike teams from around NSW arrived in Dubbo overnight, bringing thetotal number of firefighters to over 350.
Yesterday waterbombing aircraft made significant impact on the fire as it movedout of the scrub and into grassland.
Weather conditions are expected to worsen this afternoon with temperaturesexpected to exceed 40 degrees and winds gusting to 50 knots.
07/01/2004 at 10:13AM

More Resources to Goonoo State Forest Fire – 5.30pm update

More firefighters and aircraft have been assigned to contain afire located 30km northeast of Dubbo in the Goonoo State Forest.
The fire has spread across an area totalling about 1500ha. Difficult weatherconditions this afternoon has caused the fire to jump the Goan Creek Rd and newcontainment lines are now being established in the south. The new containmentlines are the Golden Highway and Talbragar River.
The fire is expected to reach the village of Ballimore over the next hour. Aperimeter has been established around the north of the village for protectionand firefighters are working in the area.
Ballimore has 42 homes. Residents have been informed of the potential threat andpreparation work commenced in the area this afternoon. This work has also beenconducted with 15 rural properties and 30 homes in Elong Elong.
Under windy conditions the fire was expected to break containment lines in thesouth this afternoon. It did so at about 1pm and continued over the Goan CreekRd later this afternoon.
Currently there are 17 tankers with 150 firefighters from RFS and State Forestsfighting the blaze with another 20 tankers in transit and an extra 200 people.
There are currently two fixed wing aircraft conducting water bombing and anotherthree are on the way to the area. Three helicopters are also assigned to thefire.
Weather conditions for tomorrow are predicted to be difficult with the bureaupredicting hot northwesterly winds gusting to 70kph with temperatures around 42degrees and relative humidity of just 10 per cent.
The fire began yesterday morning. Vandals dumping and setting alight to a carare suspected.
06/01/2004 at 05:44PM

Strong winds push fire in Goonoo State Forest – 4.30pm update

Firefighters continue to work tirelessly to contain a firelocated 30km northeast of Dubbo in the Goonoo State Forest.
The fire has spread across an area totalling about 1500ha. The aim is to containthe fire to southeast corner of Goonoo State Forest.
Difficult weather conditions this afternoon has caused the fire to jump the GoanCreek Rd and new containment lines are now being established in the south. Thenew containment lines are the Golden Highway and Talbragar River.
Heavy plant is working to contain the southern edge of forest with constructeddozer lines to contain fire within the southern boundary of the forest.
Under windy conditions the fire was expected to break containment lines in thesouth this afternoon. It did so at about 1pm and continued over the Goan creekRd later this afternoon.
Currently there are 17 tankers with 150 firefighters from RFS and State Forestsfighting the blaze with another 20 tankers in transit and an extra 200 people.
There are currently two fixed wing aircraft conducting water bombing and anotherthree are on the way to the area.
Weather conditions for tomorrow are predicted to be difficult with the bureaupredicting hot northwesterly winds with temperatures up into the mid-40s.
Fire crews have been liaising with local landholders and fire brigades nearBallimore to ensure residents are aware of the fire. The fire is about 10kmnorth of Ballimore.
Properties are not threatened at the present time.
06/01/2004 at 04:38PM

100 Firefighters Working in Goonoo State Forest

Over 100 firefighters from NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) andState Forests will today work on containment lines around a fire burning in theGoonoo State Forest, north east of Dubbo.
The fire began yesterday morning (January 5) and has burnt about 1200ha.Thethreat to property is minimal at the moment.
Firefighters are aiming to contain the fire within the State Forest. However,concerning weather conditions are expected today with high temperatures andstrong winds predicted.
Extra resources, including 20 appliances in three strike forces from RFS RegionWest and one strike team from Wellington will assist local crews today.
The crews will conduct backburns and heavy machinery will grade containmentlines today. They will be supported by two fixed wing aircraft conducting waterbombing activities.
A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the North West Slopes, North West Plains,Central West Slopes, Central West Plains and Upper Western weather districts.
06/01/2004 at 10:32AM

The Current Fire Danger Map can be seen here:
http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/index.cfm?cid=28&the_start=1

Source: NSW RuralFire Service

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