Rough terrain hampers firefighters

Rough terrain hampers firefighters

27 November 2007

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Australia — About 50 firefighters are still battling to contain a blaze in the South West Conservation Area near Maydena.

The fire was started 10 days ago by a lightning strike and has burnt more than 4,000 hectares.

The Incident Controller, Gerald Crawford has told ABC Local Radio, the rough terrain is proving difficult for firefighters.

“We’ve been working around 50 odd people for the last six days with some three aircraft providing logistical support in the way of transport getting crews off and on the fire ground,” he said.

“There’s no vehicular access and also transporting water to the portable dams we’ve got set up along the lines.”

Specialist remote area firefighters have joined the effort to control a bushfire in the Tunbridge Tiers area of the Midlands.

The fire, 15 kilometres north of Oatlands, has burnt nearly 500 hectares.

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