Cabarita fire still on the move

FIVE helicopters, 17 fire trucks and 51 crews were yesterday fighting a bushfire west of Cabarita that has been burning since Saturday.

The bushfire consumed another 100 hectares yesterday, bringing the total to about 700 hectares.

This happened when flames jumped containment lines at Sliprails Road, Rural Fire Service Superintendent David Cook said.

“It’s gone up to just below the top of Round Mountain, adjacent to Sliprails Road,” Supt Cook said.

“Continued intensive water-bombing managed to pull it up. It hasn’t spread around to Cabarita, which is 1.5 kilometres from the outbreak.” Supt Cook said crews continued to work on containing the fire.

“We’re using bulldozers to construct the ‘donkey trail’, a containment line used in 2004,” he said.

“We’ll use it as a fall back if the fire goes around the mountain. It’s still creeping around but we’ve halted the forward spread.”

Supt Cook said no homes were immediately threatened.

“Three properties on Sliprails Road, where the fire went up, were threatened but they were successfully protected.”

A separate fire continued to burn yesterday on about 150 hectares of the Pinnacle, part of the Border Ranges.

“It’s still uncontained and growing in size,” Mr O’Keefe said.

“Five fire trucks and two bulldozers are currently working on containment lines to the rear of rural properties.”

Both fires are believed to have started on Saturday night from lightning strikes.

Clothiers Creek Road was opened briefly at 10.30am yesterday but closed again due to the fire outbreak.

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