Candelo grass fire, RFS on scene

A GRASS fire near Candelo on Tuesday had multiple Rural Fire Service tankers and volunteers on scene to get it under control.

The fire in long grass had been burning since 11.30am Tuesday morning.

As of 2.30pm it had burnt near 30ha of grassland north-west of the river, on the opposite side of the Candelo village.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) had nine tankers and 20 volunteers on the scene, and community safety officer Marty Webster said they were confident they will get it confined. 

No properties were under threat, but Mr Webster said it will continue to put off a significant amount of smoke. 

A large plume of smoke was seen rising in the still conditions throughout the day, visible even from Bega.

By 4pm Tuesday, the Bega Valley RFS reported it had the fire contained, but was remaining in the area to mop up.

The RFS is currently unaware how the fire was started, however it will be working towards identifying that. 

Coincidentally, a risk plan meeting was due to be held on Tuesday night at the Candelo Station from 6.30pm.

The meeting is to look at bushfire risk management and strategies that could be implemented to protect Candelo and surrounding villages from fires. 

Anyone is welcome to attend. 


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