Sydney bushfire to come under control

Sydney bushfire to come under control

11 December 2006

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Australia — Backburning by NSW firefighters is expected to contain abushfire burning in Sydney’s west.

Lightning sparked fires in the roofs of three Sydney homes, and flames fromone spread to bushland in Cranebrook close to more homes.

But Rural Fire Service spokesman Cameron Wade said no properties were underdirect threat and some 300 firefighters were confident of bringing the blazeunder control overnight.

“We’re about to light up all the backburn and contain this fire,”Mr Wade said.

“It is not going to affect any properties or anything like that, thisfire won’t be a problem, there will be no more story here tomorrow at all.

“The firefighters will stay here until the backburning is completed andthey will be gradually stood down and the local crews will just monitorit.”

The fire has so far burnt out about 160 hectares.

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