National park bushfire close to private property

Bushfirebears down on Porongorup town

12 February 2007

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Australia — A bushfire in the Woomargama National Park is burning betweenfive and 10 kilometres from private property, including a pine plantation.

The fire was sparked by lightning yesterday, 20 kilometres south-east ofHolbrook, and it has burnt 300 hectares.

Residents of areas including Triple Ponds, Ferndale, Home Flat Creek,Warrawee and Reddalls Valley have been told to activate their fire plans.

The overnight operations officer, Cameron Leary, says it is quite small, butthe Woomargama blaze has shown some extreme fire behaviour and today will betesting.

“The weather is forecast to continue from the east and the south-eastwhich will push the fire front towards the private property and the privateplantation,” he said.

Meanwhile, the fire in Kosciuszko National Park started by lightning has nowbeen contained thanks to the rain.

It has burnt 18,000 hectares of the park through an area untouched by the2003 fires.

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