Fire Crews battle multiple blazes in Booral

Just a few days into the Bushfire Danger Period, fire crews were called to multiple blazes in Booral and the surrounding area last week.

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A spokesperson for Great Lakes Rural Fire Service (RFS) said the bushfires in Washpool Creek Road, Blue Gum Road and Mount Ebsworth took several days to contain.

Fire crews from around the region were involved in controlling the blazes which damaged more than 480 hectares of land.

The RFS spokesperson said there was no damage to property or homes and the cause of the fires were under investigation.

The fires are a reminder of the importance of residents preparing themselves, their families and homes for the threat of bushfire this season.

NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said preparing for bushfires is easier than people may think.

“It starts with simply talking to your family about what you would do if a bushfire was to start nearby,” he said.

“These fires don’t discriminate. Embers can travel great distances across several properties and streets, even up to 30 kilometres in the worst conditions.”

Commissioner Fitzsimmons encourages everyone to download and complete a Bush Fire Survival Plan available at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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