Grass fires prompt caution

TWO fires on Upper Corindi on Sunday following a large-scale grass fire at Bostobrick on Friday have prompted the Rural Fire Service to issue a caution about burning off.

About 28 ha (70 acres) on Tyringham Rd at Bostobrick was burned on Friday afternoon after a burn off got away about 1.25pm.

The Bostobrick, Megan and Deervale RFS brigades attended the fire with crews stood down at 4pm with the fire extinguished.

A small grass fire in Duffus Rd at Upper Corindi was quickly extinguished by Sherwood Creek and Corindi/Red Rock brigades with the loss of only a hectare of pasture, but a later fire about 3.30pm on Sunday on a different property in Duffus Rd involving the same brigades proved more problematic.

The second fire, which involved both grass and bushland, saw a machine on site cutting in control lines and RFS crews back burning to control the blaze, which burned out about 12 ha of country.

RFS fire control officer Jamie Bertram said fuel loads were very high and pastures were starting to dry out following several frosts, with grass up to 90-100% cured.

“I want to emphasise that anyone doing burning needs to contain the fire in the boundary of the site and not let it escape,” Mr Bertram said.

He said it was unclear how the Corindi fires began, but they may have been escaped pile burns.

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