Fire ‘sign of things to come’

MORE than 50 firefighters were called to tackle a blaze that burnt 120 hectares near Berrigan yesterday afternoon with the NSW Rural Fire Service saying it’s a sign of things to come as temperatures heat up.

Firefighters were still unsure of how the blaze began near a canal off Woodstock Road, five kilometres east of Berrigan.

“It was cropping country,” NSW Rural Fire Service Insp Marg Wehner said.

“That was probably the biggest problem. Once it’s burning in cropping country it’s pretty volatile, there’s a lot of fuel.”

Trucks from as far as Howlong and Tocumwal tackled the blaze that jumped Woodstock Road.

Insp Wehner said moisture on the roadside edges slowed the fire down and allowed firefighters to gain control by 6.30pm.

She said, while no homes or farm equipment was damaged, it had the potential to become dangerous.

“It would have been a concern if the wind changed because it was close to Berrigan,” she said.