Aerial support for fire in steep country, 100 hectares burned

ABOVE: A grassfire at Theresa Creek Rd burned 10 hectares and came close to dwellings. Photo: Susanna Freymark

A fire at Granite Lane, near Tabulam has burned 100 hectares and continues to burn today, Saturday, June 24.

No properties are under direct threat; however smoke is visible from Tabulam and the Bruxner Highway.

Yesterday, Friday, June 23, the crew from Frasers Cutting Rural Fire Brigade along with Drake and Mallanganee units were at the Granite Lane fire with aerial support from Firebird 259.

The Granite Lane fire is burning in steep country. Photo: NSW RFS

The crews also had to deal with a few small fires around Jubullum village.

On that same day, at 11.30am Frasers Cutting crew helped with a bushfire burning near two houses at Ogilvie Drive.

Once the crew determined the homes were safe, a helicopter was called to help deal with the fire burning in steep country.

Late in the afternoon, once the air support had left, the plan was to let the night air slow the fire with Frasers Cutting crew patrolling it overnight

Crews including Drake 7 and Mallanganee 9 left the fire at 6.30pm.

While all this was going on, Frasers Cutting 7 headed to a deliberately lit fire near the Rocky River.

Fifteen minutes later there was another fire and two people were seen on motorbikes suspected of lighting these fires. Police are investigating.

A grassfire at Theresa Creek Rd burned 10 hectares at 12.30pm today, Saturday, June 24.

There is a hazard reduction at Ellangowan today at the Diggers Military Motorcycle Club.

Granite Lane fire from the air. Photo: NSW RFS
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