Worrigee blaze fanned by winds

MOPPING UP: Fire crews continue to blacken out the fire at the Worrigee property on Saturday morning, with an excavator brought in to break up some of the smouldering piles of wood.

MOPPING UP: Fire crews continue to blacken out the fire at the Worrigee property on Saturday morning, with an excavator brought in to break up some of the smouldering piles of wood.

A LARGE grass and wood fire at Worrigee on Friday night, which closed Greenwell Point Road for a number of hours, is being blamed on an escaped pile burn from earlier in the week.

Up to 80 personnel from six Rural Fire Service brigades attended the fire, which broke out at the intersection of Millbank and Greenwell Point roads around 5.20pm.

James Morris from the Rural Fire Service said a pile burn had been undertaken at the property earlier in the week but strong westerly winds rekindled it and it took hold in grass and nearby logs.

“It quickly spread to other piles of wood and took six brigades a number of hours to douse the flames,” he said.

At the height of the blaze, which burnt a hectare of land surrounding the home, Greenwell Point Road was closed due to heavy smoke and to allow fire crews to gain access to the blaze.

Crews from Shoalhaven Heads, Cambewarra, Illaroo Road, Greenwell Point, Culburra Beach and Callala Bay attended the fire, and remained on scene until 3pm Saturday.

Crews continued to blacken out the fire on Saturday morning, with heavy plant machinery, including an excavator, breaking up some of the large smouldering piles to allow firefighters to extinguish the blaze.

Mr Morris said fire crews have also undertaken regular patrols of the property to ensure any possible smouldering logs had been extinguished.

“There was no damage to property due to the blaze,” he said.

“Further investigations will follow in relation to further processes.”

In a busy weekend for the RFS, crews from Greenwell Point, Culburra Beach, Callala Bay and Illaroo Road were called to a grass fire at Greenwell Point.

The blaze, in a paddock area off Greens Road, broke out around 4.30pm and burnt out approximately three hectares.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are being undertaken by fire investigators. 

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