Lightning strikes cause tree fires near Monak, Cardross Lakes

LIGHTNING strikes caused two trees to burst into flames in separate incidents in Sunraysia overnight.

NSW Rural Fire Service crews were today continuing to monitor a small bushfire caused by a lightning strike to a tree on Monday night along the Murray River near Monak.

About 23,000 lightning strikes were recorded in the northwest region on Monday – including cloud-to-ground and cloud-to-cloud strikes, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

One of these also caused a small fire near the Cardross Lakes about 4.50pm yesterday and was attended by crews from Red Cliffs and Mildura fire brigades and Forest Fire Management Victoria.

“Lightning fires at this time of year are pretty prevalent,” Red Cliffs Fire Brigade captain Matt Maher said yesterday.

“It was quickly extinguished and contained to the tree.”

People are reminded to stay safe during a lightning storm by taking shelter away from trees and bodies of water.

Despite BOM’s severe weather warning for Sunraysia on Monday night, Mildura SES unit controller Michael Hellwege said he was surprised there were no calls for assistance in Mildura.

Murrayville received the most rainfall in Sunraysia overnight Monday, with 2.8mm recorded.

Walpeup had 1.6mm and Ouyen recorded 0.2mm.

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