Worrigee fire escaped from burn

A LARGE grass and wood fire at Worrigee on Friday night, which led to Greenwell Point Road being closed to traffic 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 Road and Greenwell Point Road around 5.20pm.

James Morris from the Rural Fire Service said a pile burn had been undertaken at the property earlier in week, but due to the wind and dry weather, the fire rekindled and 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.

“Strong westerly winds in the area on Friday night fanned the fire.”

At the height of the blaze, which burned 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.

Traffic was diverted along Terara and Comerong Island roads and Jindy Andy Lane.

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

Crews continued to blacken out the fire on Saturday morning, with heavy plant machinery, including an excavator, brought onto the property to break up some of the large smouldering piles, to allow firefighters to fully 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, burnt out approximately three hectares.

The blaze broke out around 4.30pm, with Mr Morris saying investigations into the cause of the fire are being undertaken by fire investigators.


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