Gerringong Rural Fire Service deputy captain Greg Ball helps to keep a hazard reduction fire under control at Mt Keira. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODOThermal imaging technology revealed fires on Mt Keira yesterday reached up to 600 degrees.Smoke formed a blanket above the treeline and it was hot on the ground as almost 60 Rural Fire Service volunteers conducted hazard reduction fires on about 500ha of Sydney Catchment Authority land off Mt Keira Rd.A thermal imaging camera, issued to the Illawarra RFS last month, allowed firefighters to monitor temperature extremes. But the Mercury found no need for super-technology to realise the excessive heat volunteers were coping with ahead of the fire season from October 1. Illawarra RFS Group Captain Craig Robertson said they had to act fast to take advantage of a “window of opportunity” when wind, rain and temperature conditions were just right. Hazard reduction fires will continue.
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