LIGHTNING has ignited a number of new fires in the Cudgegong district overnight with firefighters urging the public to be on alert.
At 5.30pm storms begun moving across the region with NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Cudgegong crews saying strike were igniting new fires.
"It has been a busy few hours this afternoon [Tuesday] due to lightning across the area," RFS firefighters said.
"With thanks to the quick response of crews and aircraft these fires were jumped on as quickly as possible to prevent their escalation."
Currently there are a number of new fires in the region due to lightning, they include:
- Durridgere Road, Turill
- Blue Springs Road, Stubbo (this fire is close to Wonga Roo Road)
- Buckaroo Mountain, Lue Road
Cudgegong RFS said all three fires were burning in inaccessible terrain and would not be a threat to property overnight.
"Crews will return in the morning [on Wednesday] hoping that rain is falling where we need it to make our job easier," firefighters said.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology's weather station at Mudgee Airport recorded 9.6 millimetres of rain overnight until 7am on Wednesday.
The mercury is predicted to reach 38 degrees with a 70 per cent chance of up to 5mm of rain and the chance of a thunderstorm.
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