Griffith fire under investigation 

A FIRE which broke out on Rifle Range Road on Wednesday afternoon burning through around 20 hectares provided a timely reminder for residents to make sure they have a bushfire survival plan, the local RFS has said.

Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW crews were dispatched to fight the flames on the ground around 1.15pm on Wednesday, joined by a chainsaw team and a water bombing aircraft.

Thanks to the efforts of 26 RFS and four FRNSW firefighters, the fire was contained by 4pm, with no property under threat.

The fire is currently under investigation.

Griffith RFS Control Centre's Lexi King urged residents who don't have a bushfire fire survival plan to make one.

"I take this opportunity to reminder people who don't have a bushfire survival plan to download one from the website or come in to our office at 200 Wakaden Street," Ms King said.

Residents can now also make their bushfire survival plan through a new smartphone app.

The MyFirePlan app, available through the the Apple app and Google Play stores, provides general preparation advice including steps to take around the home, along with fill-in plans which will help you make the decision on staying and defending a prepared property, or leaving early.

Meanwhile, there were four other fires which kept crews busy on Wednesday.

This included a fire in a paddock across from Westend Wines as a result of slashing.

Ms King reminded residents to be mindful that tools used for slashing could create electric sparks, which can quickly start a fire.

ON FIRE: Plumes of smoke from the Rifle Range Road fire on Wednesday afternoon.

ON FIRE: Plumes of smoke from the Rifle Range Road fire on Wednesday afternoon.


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