Remote Walcha fire stopped in its tracks

The network of fire towers managed by Forestry Corporation of NSW helped spot a fire in the Walcha Shire last week during the extreme high fire danger period.

Forest Protection Manager Karel Zejbrlik said Forestry Corporation had more than 100 fire towers statewide and the only network of fire towers on the Mid North Coast.

“The faster we can get a crew to a fire, the better chance we have of getting it under control before it develops into a large damaging wildfire that can put the forest or local communities at risk,” Mr Zejbrlik said.

“Last week's heat carried an extreme fire risk, so we had trained firefighters stationed in fire towers across the region to spot fires in State forests and across the landscape.

“One of the fires spotted was in the remote Riamukka State Forest.

"Firefighting crews from our Walcha office quickly deployed with a dozer and heavy firefighting equipment and worked through the night to bring the blaze under control."