Interstate crews join fight against NSW fires

Interstate crews join fight against NSW fires

12 December 2009

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The Rural Fire Service (RFS) says crews from Queensland and the ACT will help New South Wales firefighters try to gain the upper hand over more than 90 fires burning across the state this weekend.

The RFS says some isolated homes are under threat from fires burning near Bundarra in the north of New South Wales.

Firefighters are working to control the large complex of fires and says weather conditions are favorable.

A total fire ban has been issued until midnight tonight for the north-western and upper central west plains, where temperatures are expected to reach the mid-30s.

A major fire near Bathurst in the state’s cental west has now been contained, but a new blaze in the Blue Mountains is still burning out of control in remote bushland.

Aircraft are water-bombing the blaze, but there is no threat to homes.

The fire, near Hawkesbury Heights, began yesterday afternoon and required an air crane to be used for the first time this bushfire season.

Smoke from the fire will be visible in the Sydney basin today.

Inspector Ben Sheppard says fire crews are bracing for worsening conditions next week, when temperatures are predicted to soar.

“We are expecting some very high danger in that area again today, but thankfully at this stage we might get a little bit of reprieve on Monday, where there is the possibility of some showers,” he said.

Primary Industries Minister Steve Whan said farmers affected by a bushfire near Cootamundra last Tuesday can apply for agricultural natural disaster assistance.

The bushfire destroyed more than 1,200 hectares of wheat, 3,000 hectares of pasture, a forestry plantation and more than 1,000 head of livestock were lost.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Cootamundra in the wake of this fire which will cause heartbreak and hardship to many families,” Mr Whan said.

The assistance consists of loans of up to $130,000 at 2.56 per cent interest per annum with a two-year interest and payment-free period to repair or replace property or infrastructure.

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