Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Lightning sparks fires in far west NSW

Margaret Paul, Thursday February 14, 2013 - 08:30 EDT

Lightning is being blamed for at least five scrub fires that started in far west NSW yesterday.

The Rural Fire Service says three fires are contained on Langwell station, south of Broken Hill, and there are three more on stations between Broken Hill and Menindee.

Acting Manager with the RFS Bill Britt says rain helped get the fires under control, but others may have started.

"Pretty much everything's contained if not out," he said.

"But we've had a lot of lightning, basically from the Menindee-Ivanhoe road right up to North Little Topar, we've had a big band of lightning go up through there so we're waiting to see what today brings."

Inspector Britt says rain helped put out some of the fires.

"Rain helped us with the one just out of Menindee, on the Wilcannia road, the crews got there but they got a shower of rain on it," he said.

"The other three, they rounded those up but they're just going to wait and see what happens today as the heat starts to pick up."

Essential Energy crews are at Sunset Strip this morning, to see what caused a power outage overnight.

Around 160 houses at Sunset Strip are without power, and another 16 rural households near Menindee.


© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

How drought pushed well-known Queensland cattle breeder to move to King Island for rainfall

07:03 EDT

A well known Queensland stud cattle breeder says years of drought and the changing climate is why his family sold its Queensland property and relocated half their herd to King Island.

Reduced market options for wheaten hay: exporter

16:14 EDT

Farmers across of Australia have been forced to cut areas of their cereal crops for wheaten hay, despite the product's lack of appeal on international markets.

Healthy rain along the QLD coast

15:23 EDT

Parts of coastal QLD received their heaviest October rain in five years.