GRIFFITH’S Rural Fire Service (RFS) has dispatched five crews to assist in the state’s bushfire crisis, despite more than 15 blazes burning across the city in the past week.
More volunteers and staff from Griffith’s control centre will be on standby to head north if needed after the strike teams were sent off yesterday, while a number have already returned from duties across other parts of the state last week.
Meanwhile, a contingent of National Parks and Wildlife staff left Griffith on Friday.
With the official bushfire danger period coming into effect today, Griffith fire fighters were particularly concerned by more than a dozen incidents last week, many caused by burn-offs getting out of control.
A blaze across Slopes and Hillside roads at Tharbogang last week is currently under investigation by fire inspectors and police after it reignited five times on Thursday.
At 2.30pm, the fire threatened a house and machinery as it raced across a property.
Later that afternoon, just before 3pm, crews raced to Widgelli where an escaped burn-off threatened a home in Martins Road.
Also last week, an escaped pile burn on a property at Smeeth Road, Lake Wyangan, threatened a house.
Last Sunday, a number of gas bottles at a Gumcreek Road chook shed came under threat after wind reignited a bonfire that was thought to be extinguished.
Rural Fire Service zone manager Kevin Adams said given the severity of bushfires already blazing across the state, the complacency shown locally was “alarming”.
“Curing levels in some places are at 95 to 100 per cent already – it’s very dry,” Superintendent Adams said.
“It was thanks to the quick response of our volunteers that we haven’t lost any property or assets so far.”
A blaze at Three-ways on Thursday afternoon saw RFS and Fire and Rescue NSW crews rush to bring the one-hectare grassfire under control.
Anyone wanting to conduct a burn from today onwards must obtain a permit from the RFS control centre on Wakaden Street.