Brigades on alert again

FIRE crews scurried to a blaze that had burnt out more than 160 hectares yesterday afternoon.

The fire broke out at about 2.20pm some 1.3km along Bulls Pit Rd, northwest of Marulan, a Rural Fire Service spokeswoman said.

Twenty units comprising more than 50 personnel fought the fire as it raced toward the Carrick Rd. Two fixed wing aircraft and a helicopter water bomber were also deployed.

Crews managed to hold the outbreak at Carrick Rd mid yesterday afternoon.

The cause of the fire, which started on private property, was not known at the time of going to press.

It came during a total fire ban, with winds gusting from 35 to 55km/hour.

It’s the third large outbreak within two weeks.

A blaze started by an angle grinder at Mt Wayo on Saturday, December 23 burnt out more than 200ha. Fixed wing aircraft used on that outbreak were used together with a water bomber helicopter to douse another fire off Mountain Ash Rd the following day, which also burnt out up to 300ha, according to landowners.

RFS zone operations manager for the Southern Tablelands, Ian Kennerley has voiced his frustration at landowners using machinery on hot days.   

- PHOTO GALLERY: Carrick-Brayton Bushfire

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