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According to the NSW Rural Fire Service the Peats Ridge fire started on 7 February 2009 and at 3:40pm and has burned approximately 280ha of bush land in the Brisbane Waters National Park. The rain over last two days helped a bit and there is not even a smoke coming from this sizable fire. The site looks barren, black and unfriendly. Similarly to the major Victorian fires there is a suspicions this fire was deliberately lit.
One of our friends lives on a property only few kilometers down the road and he said seeing the thick smoke advancing towards them was very frightening. I visited his property only a weekend ago and it looked very dry. I think most of the owners around the area are prising the Rural Fire Service as the fires here are tragedy waiting to happen.