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Community & Business

25 June, 2023

Reconsider your backburning: even if it’s cold

By Emily Middleton

The third grass fire in a week was put out by the Rural Fire Service crews over the weekend, proving their ability to spread rapidly even in cold weather.

The fire was put out by the Gilgandra and Balladooran teams, but promted a call out for land owners to reconsider their burning.

“We ask that landholders please consider if you really need to burn at the moment,” said a spokesperson for the RFS Castlereagh zone.

“If you do please make sure you have strong, extra wide control lines in place, please do not just rely on a water cart as your only means of controlling the fire if it were to escape.

“We would like to call out and thank our hard-working volunteers for responding to these jobs.”

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