Grass fire contained at Wallis Island

Thursday, February 15, update 3.30pm:

NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) district officer, Stuart Robb said the grass fire at Wallis Island has been contained, with crews at the site.

Although the fire is continuing to produce smoke in the area, there are no risks to people or private property.  

Tuesday, February 13, update 10.30am:

A grass fire burning on Wallis Island on Monday afternoon is being controlled.

NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) district officer, Stuart Robb said the fire was being controlled by National Parks and Wildlife teams, with RFS crews at the scene too.

“The teams will be working to sure up containment lines around the fire throughout the day,” he said.

“The fire is on national park land, near the southern side of the east west air strip on Wallis Island. 

“It is about 10-15 hectares in size, and is not impacting any private properties.”

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.”