Excavator sparks small fire

ONLY one new fire broke out in the Canobolas Zone and all existing fires remained under control on Tuesday, while the neighbouring Chifley Zone Rural Fire Service battled several out-of-control fires.

Canobolas Zone manager, superintendent David Hoadley said aircraft, seven tankers and heavy plant machinery was being used to control the small Bowan Park fire that started about 10 kilometres west of Mount Canobolas at 1:20pm.

“We’re trying to prevent it getting into the Barton Nature Reserve,” he said.

“It’s very small and we’re trying to keep it that way ... we’ve got about 30 personnel there.”

Superintendent Hoadley said the fire was believed to have been started by an excavator working in the area, which was now part of efforts to control the fire.

“It might have hit a rock, which caused a spark,” he said.

A fire that burnt 12-hectares of forest at Ophir Road and a Panuara fire that burnt 30 hectares of scrub over the weekend, both remained under control, but were still being patrolled by the Canobolas RFS on Tuesday.

Superintendent Hoadley said the Canobolas Zone was assisting with the neighbouring Chifley fires by refilling the aircraft at the Orange Airport.

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