Fires break out around central west

6.40pm: Earlier reports that no one was on a boat that caught fire on Mookerawa Waters at Lake Burrendong this afternoon were incorrect. 

A Dubbo man and two passengers were on the boat when it exploded into flames. 

Reports suggest the 34-year-old man had been using the boat all weekend but a fuel leak yesterday afternoon caught fire and the three people had to jump into the water to safety.

Rural Fire Service, Volunteer Rescue Association and Police attended the scene but the boat was destroyed and sank.

6.15pm: Over 40 firefighters have contained a grass fire burning in the Billywillinga area. 

Crews protected a number of rural properties, however the threat has now eased. 

Firefighters will remain at the fireground this evening mopping up and blacking out. 

The fire burnt out 16 hectares of grass land. 

It is now under control and the warning has been downgraded from Watch and Act to Advice. 

4.27pm: An out of control grass fire is burning in the area of Freemantle Road in the Billywillinga area, north west of Bathurst. 

A Watch and Act warning has been issued for people in the area. 

The rural fire service say the fire is moving in a south-easterly direction and may threaten a number of rural properties. 

Firefighters and aircraft are working in the area. 

4.05pm: Rural firefighters are on the scene 

of a fire along The Escort Way about 20 kilometers east of Parkes this afternoon. 

The Roads and Maritime Services have closed the Escort Way and are asking travellers to detour using the Parkes - Eugowra Road. 

EARLIER: Rural Fire Service crews are working to contain several fires across the central west on Sunday afternoon. 

Firefighters from the Conobolas and Orana RFS crews were called to a boat fire at Mookerawa Waters about noon on Sunday. 

The fire, which has now been controlled, destoryed the boat. 

VRA crews were called to the scene to assist as the boat was on the water at the time of the fire. 

No one was on board, the owner is yet to be contacted.

Crews from Conobolas and Orana RFS were also called to a fire north of Yeoval near Renshaw-McGirr Way about 1pm. 

The fire was also quickly contained with the assistance of water bombing aircraft. 

It burnt out around 50 hectares of land. 

Canobolas crews were also called to fires at the Manildra tip and one on the Turondale Road about 44 kilometers from Orange. 


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