When a strike hits a tree it could cause the bark to smoulder away for
days. If the bark then hits the ground it could catch the surrounding grass and
cause a bushfire, according to Rural Fire Service operations officer Brett
The RFS accounted for thousands of lightning strikes from Orange to Dubbo that went to ground during Friday's storm. If these strikes had hit trees fires could be smouldering already.
"Some of these could smoulder away for two, three, four or five days before
anything happens," he said.
The RFS mapped the location of all the lightning strikes and are sending
crews out to inspect them before any more fires like Goldings Long Point
The fire burnt less than a hectare and was contained by Saturday
Mr Bowden said it was a difficult fire to contain because of the terrain
but no person or home was at risk.
He said, however, it was important for people to remain vigilant for the
rest of the summer.
"We are by no means out of the woods yet," he said.
People have been downloading a bushfire survival plan from the RFS at
record rates, Mr Bowden said.
"That's really good to see and I'd encourage more people to do so," he
While the firefighters were thankful for the rain over the weekend
unfortunately it did not spread to the fire grounds still burning in the area,
Mr Bowden said.
With cooler temperatures over the weekend and the next few days the RFS can
breathe easy and will send some of the volunteers from the Long Point fire, that
started on New Year's Eve, home.
"Some of them have been there so long they think they live there," he
"It will be a good chance for them to have a rest."