Grass fire burning out of control at Wallis Island

Monday, February 13, update 4pm:

An update posted to the Rural Fire Service website stated that a grass fire at Wallis Island had covered two hectares, and was still burning out of control.

Coomba Park RFS posted: “A number of lightning strikes are the cause of fires on Wallis Island. Tuncurry RFS Fire boat, NPWS helicopter and Remote Area firefighters are on scene fighting a large fire near the landing strip and a smaller re-ignition of yesterday.”

Monday, February 13, 2pm:

A grass fire is currently burning at Wallis Island Main Trail, Wallis Lake, sending plumes of smoke across the Great Lakes area.

The fire was listed as burning out of control at 1.44pm on Monday (February 12).

The Rural Fire Service listed the blaze on their website at an advice level.

An “advice” listing means that a fire has started, and there is no immediate danger.

The RFS website warns residents in the area to stay up to date in case the situation changes.

“Remember – don't wait for a warning. Some fires start and spread so quickly there may not be any time for a warning. If you get a Bush Fire Alert, you must take it seriously.”