Fire havoc in Perricoota

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

A bush fire has wreaked havoc on the Perricoota State Forest.

Forestry Corporation and RFS firefighters have been battling the blaze since Saturday night after locals spotted the fire.

It burnt 13 hectares in less than 48 hours but is finally under control, allaying fears that several large burning trees would fall and spread the fire further.

District Officer Inspector Doug Adamson said NSW Forestry called for assistance from two units on Sunday morning with a further two units requested further into the day.

‘‘Deniliquin, Caldwell, Barham and Moama brigades were responded to the scene with Caldwell being stood down last, finishing at midnight.

‘‘Forestry crews monitored the area overnight and continued on Monday.’’

Deniliquin RFS Brigade Captain Nick Bath said a call was received at 2.13pm on Sunday.

‘‘We were able to respond our category seven tanker with three crew members,’’ he said.

‘‘We assisted the Forestry’s and other RFS crews to contain the bush fire especially where access had been made difficult by vegetation and in timbered areas.

‘‘We finished up at around 10pm after the fire was under control, leaving other crews to monitor hot spots and to watch a couple of large and dangerous trees that will fall.’’

District Manager River Red Gum for Forestry Corporation of NSW Andrew McCurdy said it is suspected the fire started from lightning strike several days ago.

‘‘Forestry Corporation has local crews and machinery working on the fire as well as crews from Forbes, Balranald and Narrandera.

‘‘The RFS has also assisted over the weekend and a close watch will be kept on the fire in the coming days,’’ he said.