The fire season has started early in the Mid-Western region with a grass fire burning north of Gulgong on Saturday, the official ‘Get Ready’ for fire season day.
The blaze, on Black Lead Lane off Cope Road, started just before 2pm with NSW Rural Fire Service crews arriving on scene shortly after.
A zero turn lawn mower has been blamed for sparking the fast moving fire which burnt 31 hectares.
Cudgegong RFS District Superintendent Troy Porter said this is another example of how dry it is, how quickly a fire can start and how quickly it can spread to potentially threaten life and property.
“The man was simply mowing his lawn,” he said. In hot, dry and windy condition, Supt. Porter warned, “if you need to mow take extra precautions – do it very early in the morning or late in the day.”
Cope Road was closed on Saturday afternoon due to excessive smoke.