Rural Fire Service

500 acres of crop lost in fire

A fire, started by a header, burned 500 acres of crop in the Kiacatoo area on Monday afternoon. According to Sergeant Peter Gibson, the blaze was initiated when a header caught alight while harvesting at around midday on Monday, 21 November. Seven vehicles from the Rural Fire Service attended the fire. MB/Photographs by Debbie Larkin

 

• A fire, started by a header, burned 500 acres of crop in the Kiacatoo area on Monday afternoon. According to Sergeant Peter Gibson, the blaze was initiated when a header caught alight while harvesting at around midday on Monday, 21 November. Seven vehicles from the Rural Fire Service attended the fire. MB/Photographs by Debbie Larkin

By Melissa Blewitt.

According to Sergeant Peter Gibson, the blaze was initiated when a header caught alight while harvesting at around midday on Monday, 21 November.

“The header fire was quickly extinguished by a number of fire extinguishers on the scene,” he explained.

“While the header fire was quickly put out, crop had caught alight, burning around 500 acres before it could be contained.

“There was a strong wind coming from the north and it was a hot day, so things could have been much worse.”

Sergeant Gibson added it was timely to remind landholders to have fire-fighting equipment on hand at all times, as harvest and temperatures ramp up.

Seven vehicles from the Rural Fire Service attended the fire, and an aircraft was dispatched from Forbes to help with the blaze, but was not needed.

 

Condobolin Ball shows its charitable side

• Jo Thorpe (Treasurer), Dianne Jones (President), Mellissa Hoskings and Fiona Doyle from the Condobolin Pony Club were more than happy to accept a donation from the Condobolin B and S Ball Society. KP

By Melissa Blewitt

Condobolin B and S Society is committed to helping the local community.

The organisation has presented cheques to the United Hospital Auxiliary, the Condobolin Sports Awards, SES, Rotary, Condobolin Preschool, Pony Club, Physical Culture Club and the Rural Fire Service.

President Tara Baxter said an organisation such as the B and S Society could not function without the loyal support of volunteers.

“Condobolin B and S Society would like to thank all the dedicated volunteer organisations who braved the not so favourable weather conditions to help set up and run the annual ball held on the 11 July last year,” she said.

“I cannot stress enough without the dedication from the community and tireless effort from the committee members, with special thanks going to Bruce Patton, Kathy Parnaby, Melissa and Gerald Barby, Rex Press and Chris Jones, this ball wouldn’t go ahead.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to Richard McFadyen and Shannon Barby for your help on Sunday after the ball.”

The Condobolin B and S Ball is a not-for-profit event, with all proceeds being donated back into the Condobolin community.

“We owe our gratitude to the patrons who return to Condobolin year after year to attend the ball,” Tara said.

“In 2015, we saw around 400 people brave the elements to attend the event. It was one of the coldest balls we have had for a long time.

“However, this did not deter the patron’s spirits nor the costumes, as they enjoyed the rainy night.

“In 2016, we can only hope that our community and patrons stand strong behind us to provide another successful ball, with hopefully a few exciting changes to come.”

If you want to be part of the Condobolin B and S Committee, contact condowinterbns@hotmail.com or message them via their Facebook page – Condo Winter Bns.

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