Firefighters attend Newell Highway fire at Tichborne in horror conditions

Emergency services were quick to respond to a fire that broke out on the verge of the Newell Highway in horror conditions on Thursday afternoon.

Rural Fire Service brigades from Parkes and Forbes, as well as Parkes Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters were quick to act and extinguished a grass fire on the "mad mile" at Tichborne, receiving the call just before 12.30pm.

The fire started on the edge of the highway with seven fire trucks also contending with the strong winds.

Wind speeds at the time the fire ignited were 43km/h, with gusts of 59km/h, recorded at the Bureau of Meteorology weather station at the Parkes Airport.

A Mid Lachlan Valley Team RFS spokesperson said the cause of the fire was yet to be identified, and praised the quick response of the firefighters.

Volunteer brigades from Forbes Central, Parkes Headquarters, Back Yamma and Tichborne had been particularly quick to attend the fire when the call was put out, he said.

GRASS FIRE: The blaze ignited in Thursday's dusty and gusty conditions. Photo: Jenny Kingham

GRASS FIRE: The blaze ignited in Thursday's dusty and gusty conditions. Photo: Jenny Kingham

The actions of all involved stopped the fire from spreading into the neighbouring stubble paddock.

The NSW RFS Fires Near Me app says it was two hectares in size.

In terrible weather conditions such as today, we are all very thankful for the quick response from the local RFS teams and Fire and Rescue NSW.

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