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A Burning start to Spring

Posted: October 1, 2012 by 320b in Environment, Rural Events
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September 6th

Written by Bennett Norbury

A swift grass fire backed by 100km/h winds ripped through the fields of Cooma yesterday pushing fire brigades back to the outskirts of Berridale.

At approximately 2pm yesterday, officers from Fire Rescue station 263 in Cooma NSW, supported by elements of Rural Fire Services, rushed to the scene of a life threatening grass fire in the fields outside of Cooma.

The blaze engulfed a 100-year-old historical home in its wake however no other properties were damaged.

Cooma Fire officer Bede Nicols said, “A number of properties were threatened but we were able to protect them and thankfully, no one got hurt.”

As fire crews slowly began to get a strangle hold over the grass fire, it leaped into another paddock and surged towards the town of Berridale some 20km away.

Paul Clark, manager of Snowy Mountains Airport located between Comma and Berridale said, “I could see the fire moving across the paddock quickly.

“With all the smoke in the air and given how strong the wind was, I was beginning to panic.”

25 fire trucks and a helicopter performed a desperate fighting withdrawal and were able to halt the fire on the outskirts of Berridale.

Strong winds continued throughout the day damaging homes throughout the region. The ABC has the latest updates on the story.

For information and advice on fire safety, contact your regional fire department.