Fires still burning despite weekend rain

The bushfire in Warrumbungle National Park has destroyed 53 properties.  
 Photo: Jacky Ghossein
The bushfire in Warrumbungle National Park has destroyed 53 properties. Photo: Jacky Ghossein

A NUMBER of grass, scrub and bushfires have kept emergency services in the region occupied over the weekend, with the Wambelong fire at Coonabarabran still raging despite rainfall over the weekend.

A spokesperson from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) said the fire had covered a total of 54,207 hectares.

It has reached roads linking Coonabarabran, Bugaldie, Tooreweenah and one kilometer south of Bulgaldie Village, as well as eight kilometres west of Coonabarabran at the western boundary entrance to the Warrumbungle National Park.

At the time of print, the blaze has burned 53 properties as well as 113 out buildings, and an undetermined amount of farm machinery and livestock.

The spokesperson said the recent rainfall had assisted firefighters.

"Rainfall has reduced the fire activity but more than 90 firefighters continue to try to contain the fire.

"Crews will be mopping up and patrolling the fire to ensure it stays behind containment lines."

As of Sunday, Dubbo Fire and Rescue NSW crews had returned from fighting the fires in the Coonabarabran area.

About 10.30am Sunday morning a grass fire was burning along the rail line 25 kilometres out of Dubbo on the Newell Highway toward Gilgandra .

The blaze covered one hectare but was contained after the RFS responded. Residents in the area were warned to take caution.

Another bushfire 15 kilometres from Mendooran and 30 kilometres east of Gilgandra took hold at Apple Tree Flats and cut through 50 hectares.

The RFS spokesperson said the fire was bought under control.

A one-hectare refuse fire at Auscott Gin five kilometres south/west Trangie was also extinguished by the RFS.

Two other grass fires at Wallaroi and Kialgara near Warren and Coonamble, covering 25 and 40 hectares, respectively, were also bought under control.