Namadgi fire contained but still burning

Namadgi fire contained but still burning

14 January 2008

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Australia — Efforts are continuing to put out a bushfire in Namadgi National Park south of Canberra.

Firefighters managed to contain the blaze yesterday, which has consumed five hectares of land in the park.

It is believed the fire was sparked by a lightning strike during a storm on Saturday night.

Darren Cutrupi from Emergency Services Agency says the fire was a long time coming.

“The season officially commenced on the first of October and this is the first bushfire we’ve had, which is very late in the season, but after this wet weather we had in the lead-up to Christmas, things are starting to dry out,” he said.

“There’s a lot of long grass which, as much as possible, is being attended to by TAMS as part of their cutting and fire prevention program.”

Mr Cutrupi says firefighters are optimistic of putting out the fire soon.

“With the containment lines around there we’re very confident that the fire will not extend to any further area,” he said.

“So it’ll remain within that perimeter and the fire crews will systematically go through the different parts of that five hectares, extinguishing all flames and all sites of fire and that’s expected to take a couple more days.”

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