Fire ban in place after fire terrorised residents

Fire ban in place after fire terrorised residents

14 September 2010

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Australia: The bushfire that threatened the Howard Springs area is now contained and the fire threat is expected to diminish overnight, says the NTFES.

Chief Fire Officer, Greg Nettleton said an official fire ban has been declared for Tuesday September 14.

“There is an official fire ban in place until further notice. This includes not using welders and angle grinders and any other equipment which may cause sparks.

“There is also heavy smoke which will linger in the area for some time so people should stay indoors where possible and drive extremely carefully,” Chief Fire Officer Nettleton said.

About 100 emergency service workers, 30 trucks and four aircraft worked to fight the blaze, which threatened several homes in Howard Springs and Girraween.

There are no reports of residential properties being damaged, but property damage on the rural blocks is assumed.

“The crews have done an excellent job in containing this fire today and an acknowledgement must go to property owners who have maintained their fire breaks and planned and prepared for these fires.”

“Two persons have been conveyed to Royal Darwin Hospital with minor injuries. One, a resident was suffering from smoke inhalation, and the other, a volunteer fire fighter was conveyed with an ankle injury and smoke inhalation.” Chief Fire Officer Greg Nettleton said.

Bushfire Council NT provided 15 additional fire crews including a helicopter, three water bombers and a fixed wing aircraft.

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